Voices from the Field Posts

From Paris With Love: A Reminder for Family Philanthropists

Posted by Yvonne L. Moore on February 6, 2017

Reflecting on bits of wisdom to ground what will be my eighteenth year in the philanthropic sector, I didn’t want to defer to words such as strategy, impact, risk, and collaboration, which frame most conversations in our workplaces.

LLC vs. Foundation: Which is the Better Option for Philanthropists?

Posted by Susanna Poon on January 26, 2017

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative LLC raised the question about why some philanthropists choose a limited liability company (“LLC”) instead of a private non-operating foundation (“foundation”) to carry out their mission.

For Sunsetting Foundations, a Limited Life but a Perpetual Contribution

Posted by Fred Smith on January 23, 2017

I have been talking with families and executives lately about the growing number of private foundations deciding to “sunset” after a predetermined number of years. The primary reason for this is the concern about the mission and values of the foundation shifting away over time from the original intent of the donor.

5 Things Funders Can Do to Address the Global Refugee Crisis

Posted by Regine A. Webster on January 19, 2017

As the world faces one of the largest refugee crises since World War II, understanding how to fund effective solutions has proven to be a difficult, complex task.

Trends in Philanthropy: Driven by Millennials

Posted by Jamie Forbes on January 17, 2017

The philanthropy landscape is shifting underneath us. The fact is that it is always shifting, to evolve as each generation reacts to and learns from what has worked and what hasn’t.

A Rockefeller Family Foundation Turns Over Some New Leaves

Posted by Lukas Haynes and Michael Quattrone on January 13, 2017

Over the past 18 months, the trustees and staff of the David Rockefeller Fund have embarked on a journey to engage a new generation of family trustees and reinvent a 25 year-old family foundation for a new century of philanthropic challenges.

Have We Properly Verified the Tax-Exempt Status of Our Grantees?

Posted by Adrian Bordone on January 11, 2017

Every grant award offers a potential risk that should be understood and properly mitigated. Providing grants to a charity that has had its tax-exempt status revoked — even unknowingly — can lead to the disbursement being considered a taxable expenditure, prevent foundations from meeting the annual 5 percent distribution requirement, and cause the IRS to levy excise taxes — stiff fines — on the foundations involved.

Susan Packard Orr Wonders: Dad, what were your goals for family involvement?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 21, 2016

When you were at the table, we generally worked through consensus building, rarely actually taking a vote. Of course since you were there, we had no trouble coming to agreement. We knew whose vote counted!

Eliminating Implicit Bias in Grantmaking Practice

Posted by Nancy Chan and Pam Fischer on December 21, 2016

Some of philanthropy’s core practices may unwittingly be leading funders to perpetuate the inequities they’re trying to eliminate

Philanthropy Supports Democracy, Democracy Supports Us All

Posted by Bruce DeBoskey on December 19, 2016

Results of the recent election season have spotlighted the tremendous divisiveness in our nation – divisiveness that colors our approach to our country, our government and each other.

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