Voices from the Field Posts

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.

Ethics and family philanthropy

Posted by Richard Gunderman on August 18, 2016

Private property exists, Aristotle asserts, at least in large part to enable us to be generous. If we did not possess things – goods, money, and the right to direct our own labor – then we would not be in a position to choose to give. Furthermore, when a gift is freely given and received, says Aristotle, it opens up opportunities for friendship and community among people.

Celebrating black philanthropy month and our collective history

Posted by Yvonne L. Moore on August 10, 2016

Philanthropy in this country did not begin with the creation of institutions established by oil and steel magnates, or with savvy investors. The origins and forms are numerous, but for me—a Black woman in America—philanthropy is ancient, personal, inter-generationally nurtured, and, quite honestly, expected.

Shinn Award honors advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion in Ohio

Posted by Claudia Herrold on August 10, 2016

Our annual Shinn Award honors Mike’s efforts to promote diversity and philanthropy, as it recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in his/her philanthropic practice in Ohio.

Knowledge philanthropy: Engaging donors in community needs

Posted by Laily Pirbhai on July 27, 2016

As a community foundation, the Calgary Foundation understands the importance of our 3 key roles: donor stewardship, effective grantmaker, community leader…but what’s our why? What do we believe? After sixty years of serving philanthropy for the benefit of community, we’ve learned our knowledge of community issues and needs represents the distinct value we bring to donors - that’s our biggest asset.

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