Voices from the Field Posts

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.

Making the case for shared workspace

Posted by Teresa Araco Rodgers on July 25, 2016

Co-working spaces are on the rise and finding the right one for your needs can be challenging. There are a lot of considerations like the location of the space, the cost, the flexibility, and various amenities. Every space has its own energy and culture.

GEO's Change Incubator

Posted by Lori Bartczak on July 18, 2016

GEO’s Change Incubator is designed to help grantmakers strengthen relationships with their grantees in a way that leads to better impact. While GEO’s participating teams are still in the early stages of this work, they have started sharing some of what they are learning and how these lessons can be...

Why investing in media is critical to successful advocacy

Posted by Arabella Advisors and Shelley Whelpton on July 12, 2016

Three experts explain why, and how, funders should integrate smart communications into their broader advocacy strategies to maximize results.

Junior board in action: The Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation

Posted by Brendan Adams and Youth Philanthropy Connect on July 11, 2016

NCFP just returned from Youth Philanthropy Connect's (YPC) annual conference where we presented on our 2015 Trends Study in Family Philanthropy study. One of the members of the YPC leadership team, Brendan Adams, is featured below. Brendan and his cousin Nadia make up the Junior Board at the Guadalupe...

Not just cute faces: Youth grantmakers are strengthening philanthropy

Posted by Jen Bokoff on June 27, 2016

The stereotype of the “me me me” generation couldn’t be more wrong. Youth are driving grant dollars to organizations that are changing communities through more than 480 programs around the world. Most of these young people are not independently wealthy, and most didn’t say “philanthropist” when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Giving as a family: My family's use of a donor-advised fund through our community foundation

Posted by Rosie Abriam on June 21, 2016

A donor-advised fund (DAF) provides the donor(s) the opportunity to provide a tax-deductible gift to benefit the organizations and issues that the donor(s) care about most. Working with the community foundation has been great for our family because they provide management and support including handling the paperwork attendant to tax-deductions.

Failure talks with TPW: A conversation with Sapphira Goradia

Posted by Devon Cohn, Sapphira Goradia and The Philanthropy Workshop on June 14, 2016

This is the first in a series of conversations with members of The Philanthropy Workshop curated by TPW member Devon Cohn. "TPW Talks Failure" examines stories about lessons learned, about the process of failing, and cautionary tales that shine a light into less explored areas or less well understood areas of the philanthropic world. This is a transcript of an interview with Sapphira Goradia, Executive Driector of The Goradia Foundation, which has been edited for clarity.

Helping others embrace the American dream: The A.C. Ratshesky Foundation celebrates 100 years

Posted by Judy Sneath on June 9, 2016

To celebrate his 50th birthday, a Boston-area banker named Abraham "Cap" Ratshesky chose to give a gift to his community by setting aside some of his wealth to create a foundation. A century later, that giving continues.

Boardroom battles: 5 ways to move beyond conflict

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on May 31, 2016

Most board members are rational, committed professionals. However, even among the most collegial boards there's always the possibility of conflict, and savvy foundation leaders I know have used the following approaches to diffuse disagreement smoothly and quickly.

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