Voices from the Field Posts

What Does Your Family Need Your Foundation (or DAF) to Be?

Posted by Tony Macklin on August 16, 2018

Whether your tool is new or handed down, functional or fixable, the important questions are: Is it the right tool for the job now? Do you want it to last? If so, will it still be useful in 20 years or more?

Fueling a Revolution on International Change: Individual and Family Philanthropists

Posted by Ina Breuer and Maggi Alexander on August 14, 2018

All funders, big and small, are interested in the impact of their investments. This can be particularly tricky in the realm of international philanthropy where investments are made within diverse cultural contexts. It is critical that individuals and families interested in international giving understand that they too can make a difference.

2017 Disaster Data Demands Shift in Funding Focus

Posted by Robert G. Ottenhoff on August 9, 2018

During times of disaster, CDP provides frequent updates on private giving to help you determine how much your organization should donate and which grantees and activities you might want to support.

6 Ways to Advocate for Policy Change

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on August 6, 2018

The policies that guide our country did not grow overnight, and neither will the changes we wish to see in them.

The Relationship Ecosystem: Mapping Partnership Resources for Maximum Value

Posted by Enette Pauzé on August 2, 2018

As a leader in your organization and community, it is critical that you’re not only aware of your existing relationships, but that you’re prioritizing them based on value.

“After the Fact” Podcast: Pew’s 70 Years of Nonpartisan Solutions

Posted by Sally O’Brien on July 31, 2018

On Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast, President and CEO, Rebecca W. Rimel, discusses Pew’s history; their approach to public service; the role of facts, data, and trust in policymaking; and her 35 years of leadership at Pew.

The One Meeting You Need to Add to Your Calendar

Posted by Laura Gassner Otting on July 26, 2018

“It is vital to reaching my goals that my department at work meets regularly; it enables us to make sure everyone is on track, goals are being met, and morale is high.” Now, what if you swapped out the words “my department at work” for “my family”?

Why is MAVA winding down in 2022?

Posted by Lynda Mansson on July 24, 2018

One of the first questions people ask is why we are closing. The answer is both complex and simple: our founder planned it that way.

Where Does Authenticity Fit Within Our Giving Experience?

Posted by Wayne Green on July 19, 2018

In Jewish teen philanthropy programs, the importance of allowing teens to be their authentic selves, navigating their complexities and personal values provides an experience that builds their confidence and engagement.

Practicing What They Preach: The Hill-Snowdon Foundation’s Progressive Personnel Policies

Posted by Nat Chioke Williams and Rachel Ogorek on July 16, 2018

"We have learned that it is not just about having progressive personnel policies; an organization should have a work environment that is also supportive of feeding people's passions and their purposes in life."

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