Voices from the Field Posts

Social Justice at the Surdna Foundation

Posted by Surdna Foundation on January 16, 2018

The Surdna Foundation recently published, “Social Justice at the Surdna Foundation,” which outlines their commitment to social justice. This has required difficult and ongoing conversations, a broad understanding of long-term systemic change, and acknowledgement that the work will never be "done."

Coming Together: Communities Team Up to Redesign Public Space

Posted by Rounak Maiti on January 10, 2018

Placemaking places people at the heart of its process—empowering individuals by giving them an active voice in shaping the spaces around them, mapping and designing their own communities. The Levitt Foundation highlights a few fascinating placemaking projects from around the globe that illustrate the beauty of people coming together and creating a shared vision for their community.

What the Next Gen Really Wants

Posted by Michael Moody and Sharna Goldseker on January 8, 2018

Ask any philanthropic family about their biggest challenge or concern, and one of the answers you’re most likely to hear is “how can I better engage the next generation?” In fact, NCFP’s 2015 Trends Study pointed to the changing leadership of family foundations – specifically to the engagement of younger generations on foundation boards – as a major factor that will shape the future of family philanthropy.

The Case for Impact Investing by Small and Mid-Size Family Foundations

Posted by Stacey Faella and Margaret Gifford on January 5, 2018

Given the benefits of PRI's as a unique tool for advancing impact and that larger foundations have demonstrated their use, why do so few family foundations use them?

How Are Millennials Different Than Other Donors?

Posted by Brady Josephson on December 26, 2017

Millennials tend to give more frequently, in small amounts, to more causes. And they also want, and expect, more communication about their donation. But beyond that, they want some opportunities to get their hands dirty.

Look to Your Community Foundation in Times of Crisis

Posted by Exponent Philanthropy and Kristin Laird on December 21, 2017

Everyone wants to help during a crisis, and, for many, that means giving money. But few understand what it takes to distribute funds to the people, businesses, or nonprofits that will create the greatest impact and fulfill the most need—especially if the money lives in different funds at different organizations.

Charting a Course to Impact Investing for The Russell Family Foundation

Posted by Threshold on December 20, 2017

The idea of impact investing tends to divide people into two groups. Some believe it is the best-of-both-worlds; a way to invest that bolsters their mission while generating competitive returns. Others fear that it is too-good-to-be-true; a distraction that cannot consistently produce returns that are comparable to traditional investing models.

Curiosity as a Catalyst for Personal Renewal and Community Transformation

Posted by Andy Carroll on December 12, 2017

The funders who catalyze change are those who show up at community and public meetings, attend local nonprofit conferences, talk with people in different walks of life. By engaging with people and listening, they develop insight into challenges and opportunities.

Family Philanthropy: The Lifeblood Of Family Continuity

Posted by Mitzi Perdue on December 7, 2017

The holidays are just around the corner, which means that American non-profits and charitable organizations across the country are gearing up for end-of-year giving campaigns.

4 Next Gen Engagement Tips from Ellie Frey Zagel

Posted by Kylie Musolf on November 30, 2017

At the 2017 National Forum on Family Philanthropy, Ellie Frey Zagel described herself as “the next gen of your nightmares: one who said she’d never return to live in the community where her family’s foundation was based.”

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