Voices from the Field Posts

A letter to funders considering support of Typhoon Haiyan: A sprint, a marathon, and a decathlon

Posted by Regine A. Webster on December 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on the Center for Disaster Philanthropy website on November 13th. We are pleased to re-publish it with permission here; as referenced in the article, the advice and perspectives shared here are as meaningful today as they were a month ago....

Family philanthropy and impact investing

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on November 15, 2013

The field of mission-related investing or broadly termed ‘impact investing’ continues to build momentum as investment opportunities span multiple asset classes, infrastructure improvements promote transparency, and social entrepreneurs are building sustainable, scalable companies....

Implicit Bias Affects All of Us in Philanthropy

Posted by Chaletta Huertas on November 15, 2013

Historically, only a small percentage of philanthropic dollars goes to communities of color, goes to organizations led by people of color, or comes from people of color.  For many people, the word ‘philanthropist’ itself conjures up images of elderly white gentlemen in business suits....

Philanthropy Meets the "Always On" Generation

Posted by Susan Crites Price on October 15, 2013

Family and community foundations that want to engage youth in grantmaking need to adapt to  a new generation of kids, many of whom have already gone digital with their philanthropy. Dubbed the “Always On” Generation, today’s young people have discovered they can do good in the world without going...

Purpose, Being Human, and It's Not All About Millenials- MCON13 Recap

Posted by Derrick Feldmann on September 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to share this recap from the founder of MCON13, “a day of conversation and thought-provoking ideas shared by over 15 nonprofit, business and technology leaders that have successfully harnessed the Millennial generation for good.” By Derrick Feldmann “Why do you like...

The Tracy Family Foundation on next gen boards

Posted by Tracy Family Foundation on August 15, 2013

The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards.” This month’s Voices from the Field column...

Fifteen years of advancing family philanthropy and a look to the future

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 15, 2013

We’re pleased to present a very special edition of Voices from the Field, featuring answers to questions posed to our July webinar presenters on the topic ”15 Years of Advancing Excellence in Family Philanthropy: Lessons Learned…and a Look Ahead.” The webinar featured all of our former board chairs...

Junior Board Members Share their Perspectives on What They Have Learned

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 15, 2013

The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards.” This month’s Voices from the Field column...

On the Ground Report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy Conference in Detroit

Posted by Douglas Bitonti Stewart on May 15, 2013

As a passionate advocate for Detroit I was thrilled when the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) announced their biennial conference would take place in our city. Bringing hundreds of professionals and leaders in the field to take a deep dive into strategy and impact could only bring good things....

Can a small organization have a big impact?

Posted by Emily Tow Jackson on April 15, 2013

I get asked this question often.  How can a small foundation with few staff really catalyze large scale social change?  In fact, how can a foundation of any size play this role?  At The Tow Foundation, we have attempted to play a significant role in juvenile justice reform, an issue that seems like an...

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