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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.

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Signed the Divest Invest Pledge; Here's Why

Posted by Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation on October 10, 2016

Recognizing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-wealth people and communities of color in the United States and around the globe, we signed the Divest Invest pledge, a global movement calling for investors "to divest from the fossil fuel industries deepening the climate crisis and invest instead in climate solutions."

What Funders Can Learn From Beyoncé

Posted by Edgar Villanueva on September 26, 2016

Let’s start listening to (seeking first to understand) our grantees, before responding with answers and solutions. Let’s facilitate the solutions of a problem by asking questions such as, “What are the outcomes you/we want from this situation?” “What support do you need from me?” “How can you hold me, as the funder, accountable?”

In 10 Years: More Foundations Aim to Sunset

Posted by Philanthropy Northwest on September 23, 2016

We’ve been hearing more in recent years about foundations opting to give away all their money by a set year instead of existing in perpetuity. In this blog Philanthropy Northwest speaks with Erin Kahn of Raikes Foundation and June Wilson of Quixote Foundation about the trend of private foundations opting to sunset rather than exist in perpetuity.

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