Voices from the Field Posts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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."
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?”
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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.