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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.

How Do Family Foundations Partner with Community Foundations?

Posted by Peter Panepento and Tony Macklin on September 19, 2016

Many families turn to community foundations to solve challenges ranging from geographic dispersion to anonymity, and to learn about community issues or make grants outside of the family’s core mission.

Community Foundations: Your First Stop When Shopping for a New Donor-Advised Fund?

Posted by Mark Neithercut and Kylie Musolf on September 15, 2016

Once a donor has decided that a DAF is the right giving vehicle, she has to make a very important decision: where is she going to house her fund? Mark Neithercut, a donor and philanthropic advisor with offices in Traverse City and Chicago, shares four reasons why he chose to house his DAF in his local community foundation.

I am Family Philanthropy: Maya Patel

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 13, 2016

Maya Patel, President of The Tarsadia Foundation, reflects on how philanthropy has brought her family closer together through a variety of domestic and international site visits and volunteer opportunities.

Raising the Next Generation of Givers, Doers, and Helpers

Posted by Beth Nowak on September 12, 2016

Helping others has not only become a significant part of who my children are and what they choose to do, but it now influences how we interact with each other and where we choose to spend our family time together.

From Syria to San Diego: The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation Junior Board Grants $10,000 to Refugee Resettlement

Posted by Kylie Musolf and Lisa Parker on September 9, 2016

A simple internet search for “Syrian refugees” yields millions of results— a testament to how much press coverage and national attention the impact of Syria’s civil war has received in the United States. Lisa Parker, the president of LWFF, saw it as an opportunity for herself and her family to learn about the experiences of refugees when they come to the US.

Confronting the 4 myths of impact investing

Posted by Jean Case on August 26, 2016

At the Case Foundation, we work hard at being active listeners in order to be better advocates for change. And as we continue efforts to take the impact investing movement into the mainstream, I want to review some of the myths and skeptical perceptions that we’re hearing, which may be posing barriers to taking impact investing to the next level.

PRIs: An underused funding tool for family foundations and social enterprises

Posted by Stacey Faella and Margaret Gifford on August 22, 2016

This underutilized tool has been gaining traction recently for social impact investors and entrepreneurs as a middle ground between charitable grants and for-profit investments that can provide low-cost capital to mission-driven companies while allowing foundations to stretch their limited dollars for maximum impact.

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