Voices from the Field Posts

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.

A Good Time for Reflection: Recap of the 2015 Trends in Family Philanthropy Webinar

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on December 16, 2016

I was reminded of the importance of reflection when listening to NCFP’s most recent webinar Trends in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation with NCFP Fellows Katherine Lorenz and Doug Bitonti Stewart. It was a rich discussion led by Ginny Esposito on what matters to family philanthropists, based on NCFP’s 2015 Trends Study.

Snow Day Survival Guide

Posted by Kylie Musolf and Rachel Ogorek on December 14, 2016

So you’re cooped up in the house for the day. You may be tempted to hand over the internet-enabled devices to keep your kids out of your hair for a few hours. You could do that, or you could check out this guide for simple activities to help your kids practice generosity.

Making Sense of Impact Investing

Posted by Kate Simpson on December 12, 2016

You’ve seen the research: financial returns need not be sacrificed for environmental or social objectives. You recognize the possible benefit of using your foundation’s investment capital to ameliorate the same pressing social and environmental issues currently targeted by your grant strategy. You hear people in the mainstream financial services industry throwing around the term “impact investing,” but wonder how it might apply to your own foundation’s investment portfolio.

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.

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