Voices from the Field Posts

Podcast: 10 Things My Family Did to Engage Us in Philanthropy

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel on October 2, 2018

People always ask how our family got us involved in philanthropy. This podcast is dedicated to answering that question. Here are 10 things the Frey family did well and some of lessons learned.

Six Predictions for Family Philanthropy’s Future: Takeaways from NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Symposium Opening Plenary

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on September 27, 2018

What does the future of family philanthropy look like? At NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Symposium in San Francisco, 10 thought leaders attempted to answer this question.

Soliciting Grantee Feedback: A Benefit to Both Sides

Posted by Alexia Cameron on September 25, 2018

To best help the nonprofit organizations that we say we wish to serve, foundations must be prepared to invite open, honest feedback, consider it carefully, and then communicate findings and decisions back to the public.

Want Effective Capacity Building? Get Rid of the Incubation Mentality

Posted by Vu Le on September 20, 2018

The incubation mentality is the belief that effective nonprofits have to eventually “grow” out of whatever partnership they are in, whether it’s with a fiscal sponsor or a funding partner. It is a pervasive mentality, happening all across our sector, and it is downright harmful to our work.

Renovate Your Philanthropy

Posted by Marshall H. Ginn on September 18, 2018

In helping your nonprofit partners to “spruce up” their programs and operations, you are strengthening the investment you make as a donor. And in turn, it’s helping you to make an even deeper impact on the community.

Junior Board Organizes Community Meet and Greet

Posted by Ana Gonzalez on September 12, 2018

Their Junior Board had been doing collaborative grantmaking for two years, but the community didn’t know them very well. A "Meet and Greet" would be the perfect opportunity to let the world of philanthropy in Laredo gather on a larger scale.

The Three Inheritors: A Useful Contemplation Exercise

Posted by Mark Ewert on September 10, 2018

If you consider wealth more broadly, then we inherit a history of place and communities that strove to support each other, the Earth, and the disadvantaged among us.

How to Start a Youth Philanthropy Program

Posted by Sheryl Seller on September 7, 2018

This blog provides those who aspire to start a youth philanthropy program with a timeline and things to consider along the journey to creating a democratic, diverse, inclusive, and equitable program.

Transact Or Transform: What Kind Of Giver Are You?

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on September 5, 2018

Transactional philanthropy is important and necessary to help those in immediate crises meet very pressing needs. For many donors, that’s enough. But what happens when we think more strategically about the needs in question?

Making Advocacy a Family Philanthropy Affair

Posted by Ali Sirkus Brody and Jennifer Wegbreit on August 29, 2018

Advocacy is an important tool for family philanthropists seeking to address mounting issues of inequality or for those who recognize that funding direct services alone is not enough to create lasting change.

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