Voices from the Field Posts

Ethics and family philanthropy

Posted by Richard Gunderman on August 18, 2016

Private property exists, Aristotle asserts, at least in large part to enable us to be generous. If we did not possess things – goods, money, and the right to direct our own labor – then we would not be in a position to choose to give. Furthermore, when a gift is freely given and received, says Aristotle, it opens up opportunities for friendship and community among people.

Celebrating black philanthropy month and our collective history

Posted by Yvonne L. Moore on August 10, 2016

Philanthropy in this country did not begin with the creation of institutions established by oil and steel magnates, or with savvy investors. The origins and forms are numerous, but for me—a Black woman in America—philanthropy is ancient, personal, inter-generationally nurtured, and, quite honestly, expected.

Shinn Award honors advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion in Ohio

Posted by Claudia Herrold on August 10, 2016

Our annual Shinn Award honors Mike’s efforts to promote diversity and philanthropy, as it recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in his/her philanthropic practice in Ohio.

Knowledge philanthropy: Engaging donors in community needs

Posted by Laily Pirbhai on July 27, 2016

As a community foundation, the Calgary Foundation understands the importance of our 3 key roles: donor stewardship, effective grantmaker, community leader…but what’s our why? What do we believe? After sixty years of serving philanthropy for the benefit of community, we’ve learned our knowledge of community issues and needs represents the distinct value we bring to donors - that’s our biggest asset.

Making the case for shared workspace

Posted by Teresa Araco Rodgers on July 25, 2016

Co-working spaces are on the rise and finding the right one for your needs can be challenging. There are a lot of considerations like the location of the space, the cost, the flexibility, and various amenities. Every space has its own energy and culture.

GEO's Change Incubator

Posted by Lori Bartczak on July 18, 2016

GEO’s Change Incubator is designed to help grantmakers strengthen relationships with their grantees in a way that leads to better impact. While GEO’s participating teams are still in the early stages of this work, they have started sharing some of what they are learning and how these lessons can be...

Why investing in media is critical to successful advocacy

Posted by Arabella Advisors and Shelley Whelpton on July 12, 2016

Three experts explain why, and how, funders should integrate smart communications into their broader advocacy strategies to maximize results.

Junior board in action: The Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation

Posted by Brendan Adams and Youth Philanthropy Connect on July 11, 2016

NCFP just returned from Youth Philanthropy Connect's (YPC) annual conference where we presented on our 2015 Trends Study in Family Philanthropy study. One of the members of the YPC leadership team, Brendan Adams, is featured below. Brendan and his cousin Nadia make up the Junior Board at the Guadalupe...

Not just cute faces: Youth grantmakers are strengthening philanthropy

Posted by Jen Bokoff on June 27, 2016

The stereotype of the “me me me” generation couldn’t be more wrong. Youth are driving grant dollars to organizations that are changing communities through more than 480 programs around the world. Most of these young people are not independently wealthy, and most didn’t say “philanthropist” when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Giving as a family: My family's use of a donor-advised fund through our community foundation

Posted by Rosie Abriam on June 21, 2016

A donor-advised fund (DAF) provides the donor(s) the opportunity to provide a tax-deductible gift to benefit the organizations and issues that the donor(s) care about most. Working with the community foundation has been great for our family because they provide management and support including handling the paperwork attendant to tax-deductions.

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