Voices from the Field Posts

The Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center: It’s Waiting There For You

Posted by Linda Baker on December 8, 2016

As we go about our work supporting our nonprofit partners, we encounter a wealth of useful resources and learning on capacity building – and we believe that there is no reason for us to keep that to ourselves. Enter the Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center.

Getting Back to the Basics: Lessons from Youth Giving

Posted by Kylie Musolf on November 21, 2016

Confession: I thought I knew everything there was to know about youth in philanthropy.

A Little Mission Creep can be a Good Thing

Posted by Richard Marker on November 14, 2016

There are lots of practical and conceptual reasons to resist mission creep. So then, how can a little mission creep ever be a smart move?

Honoring Legacy, Recognizing Promise: How Southern Millennial Philanthropists Are Increasing Engagement

Posted by Betsey Russell on November 10, 2016

Think of millennial philanthropists and you may think instantly of tech royalty like Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Pierre and Pam Omidyar, or Sean Parker, who are very publicly pushing traditional forms of philanthropy aside in favor of new approaches.

Four Scary Things About Spending Everything

Posted by Quixote Foundation on November 7, 2016

Exactly two months from now, Quixote Foundation will have spent its whole endowment other than a few funds needed to wrap up operations. Parts of this process have been pretty scary. Here are four fears we’ve faced and the reasons we’re still stoked, not spooked, about spending everything.

Six Years, Six Important Lessons About Philanthropy

Posted by Bruce DeBoskey on November 3, 2016

Throughout this process, I have learned many lessons about what works best. As I launch the seventh year of this practice and these columns, I would like to share six key lessons.

Putting the Giving in Thanksgiving

Posted by Jamie Forbes on October 27, 2016

This might hurt my mother’s feeling, but I can live without the creamed onions and the sweet potatoes covered with melted marshmallows. Despite their stubborn presence at our annual gathering, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s all about the things that I love: family, food, appreciation and giving.

Learn Foundation Law: Working with Government Officials

Posted by Learn Foundation Law on October 24, 2016

Our Working with Government Officials course provides an excellent overview of both the tax and ethics rules involved to help family foundation leaders to stay in compliance with the law.

Hey Foundation Trustees, Come Get a Beer With Us

Posted by Vu Le on October 17, 2016

We nonprofits work with program officers, and despite many of them being really nice and down-to-earth people, the power differential can make them intimidating and scary. This is how we nonprofit professionals imagine a meeting of (even scarier) foundation trustees:

Strategic, Responsive, or Both?

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on October 14, 2016

Responsive grantmaking is being open to receiving proposals and ideas from any nonprofit, and allowing the nonprofits to drive the agenda. Requests are initiated by the nonprofit, rather than by a funder seeking them out. This doesn’t mean that a foundation doesn’t have core areas of focus, but that within those areas is wishes to be responsive to the needs nonprofits feel most keenly.

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