Voices from the Field Posts

The power of family and philanthropy

Posted by Audrey Jacobs on June 22, 2014

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to think about what makes family philanthropy so special. I attended the inaugural National Forum on Family Philanthropy and came away with a deeper understanding of the importance of family and philanthropy. I understood more than ever that family philanthropy...

Welcoming our first Distinguished Fellow in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on May 28, 2014

Editor’s note: We are pleased to share NCFP President Virginia Esposito’s introductory remarks announcing our first Distinguished Fellow in Family Philanthropy at the National Forum. Read the official press release for more details. It is an incredible honor to be announcing the first Distinguished...

Susan Packard Orr on the legacy of her parents, David and Lucile Packard

Posted by Susan Packard Orr and Cole Wilbur on May 28, 2014

Editor’s note: the following is reprinted from Living the Legacy: The Value of a Family’s Philanthropy Across Generations, published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy in 1999. In a family foundation there is no question as to the importance of learning from the donors and carrying out...

Transparency in family foundations: The strength of glass pockets

Posted on May 28, 2014

Family foundations, by their very nature, are complex. With significant involvement of family members on the board and sometimes in operations as well, there can be layers of generations, widely divergent views and the need to preserve positive family relationships.  This complexity is a challenge but...

Karen Keating Ansara: “I’ll Have What She’s Having”

Posted by Karen Keating Ansara on May 28, 2014

Editor’s note: We are pleased to reprint Karen Ansara’s prepared comments (more than were spoken) from her conversation with Lowell Weiss, President, Cascade Philanthropy Advisors; William Campbell, Chair, Campbell Family Foundation and The End Fund; and Mario Morino, Morino Institute and Founding...

The next generation reinvigorates philanthropy

Posted by Mark Larimer on May 28, 2014

One of the most important trends people were talking about at the National Forum on Family Philanthropy was the engagement and involvement of youth (ages 8+) during the grantmaking process. In many ways, it represents the future of grantmaking and how the younger generation’s view of philanthropy will...

The National Forum: A wicked awesome reunion

Posted by Mary Phillips on May 6, 2014

Cambridge, Massachusetts, synonymous with outstanding education, innovation, and youthful energy, was the perfect setting for the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s first Forum on Family Philanthropy earlier this month (#ncfp14). Family and friends gathered there from around the country to enjoy...

Thoughts from #ncfp14 advisory committee members & speakers

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on April 29, 2014

The Inaugural National Forum on Family Philanthropy will bring together more than 250 representatives from family foundations, donor advised funds, family offices and other charitable programs along with prominent business, academic and philanthropic leaders for fresh perspectives, new research and...

Diversity as a Family Affair

Posted by Cole Wilbur on March 23, 2014

What value can diversity bring to the work of family foundations? First of all, diversity is now more interwoven into the fabric of our society, including our neighborhoods, education, business and media. Integrating diversity into many aspects of a family foundation’s work can result in more...

Breaking up and moving on: A staff member’s perspective on the dissolution of a family foundation

Posted by Joel Luedtke on February 25, 2014

We knew the outcome before the votes were cast. The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation – the proud embodiment of a fortunate family’s abiding compassion – would be split apart. It was October 2010. As a relatively new staff member of the foundation, it was hard for me at that time to see much good...

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