Voices from the Field Posts

Practicing What They Preach: The Hill-Snowdon Foundation’s Progressive Personnel Policies

Posted by Nat Chioke Williams and Rachel Ogorek on July 16, 2018

"We have learned that it is not just about having progressive personnel policies; an organization should have a work environment that is also supportive of feeding people's passions and their purposes in life."

We’re Doubling Our Grant Budget; You Should, Too

Posted by Ellen Dorsey on July 12, 2018

Our democracy and our climate are in crisis. The nation’s activists and organizers are rising to meet this challenge with inventiveness and courage. It’s time for philanthropy to do the same.

Coming Together: Communities Team Up to Redesign Public Space

Posted by Nicole McGaffey on July 10, 2018

When layered with other community-driven efforts, public art is a powerful vehicle to deepen our connections with one another and to our shared past, present and future. The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music.

Involve Kids Early in Family Philanthropy and Give Them Input into Giving

Posted by Bruce DeBoskey on July 5, 2018

Many of us adults give considerable thought to how we will pass along our money to the rising generations in our families when we die. Far fewer of us also consider how we will pass along our “value assets” – our family’s unique approach to community, giving back and helping others, while we’re living.

From Family Philanthropy to a Legacy Foundation

Posted by Barbara Hostetter on July 3, 2018

Barr Foundation's co-founder and chair discusses expanding the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Dedicated Community Drives Socioeconomic Change in the Rural South

Posted by Jenna Nicholas and Chisato Fukuda on June 28, 2018

By giving voice to community leaders, we aimed to collaboratively develop solutions and catalyze change in rural Georgia.

How Foundations Can Avoid Common Pitfalls and Collaborate

Posted by Paul Jellinek and Stephen Isaacs on June 26, 2018

Working together, foundations can make greater strides toward their goals than they would working in isolation. But proceed with caution.

Both/And Investing: Doing well AND doing good

Posted by Ken Mountcastle on June 20, 2018

The Foundation, our partners and the communities we care about are at a critical juncture and “urgency” is the operative word.

5 Lessons I Am Taking With Me From NCFP

Posted by Rachel Ogorek on June 19, 2018

Did you know that students who read at their grade level entering fourth grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school. BUT, only one out of five of our nation’s fourth grade students from low-income families is reading at that grade level.

A Grant Maker’s View: Money Doesn’t Make Us More Powerful — or Smarter

Posted by Jessamyn Shams-Lau on June 18, 2018

The time has come for all of us who are grant makers to admit to our mistakes, move past them, and unite with nonprofits toward a brighter future fueled by risk-taking, humility, and courage.

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