Voices from the Field Posts

10 general guidelines for greater foundation transparency

Posted by Rick Cohen on December 15, 2014

Given the immense diversity of foundations, it is a challenge to talk about any aspect of foundation behavior that goes beyond the minimum required in law and public policy to reach prescriptions for the behavior of foundations across the board. In truth, when discussions occur around issues of accountability, transparency, and disclosure, despite some 100,000 extant foundations, the conversation is implicitly about the larger, higher profile foundations, omitting scads of less visible philanthropic entities that in many communities constitute the philanthropic arena.

Reflections from the Trustee Education Institute: A bootcamp for stewarding your family’s philanthropic assets

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on November 18, 2014

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) has been an invaluable resource for me as I navigate the tumultuous waters of helping to direct my family’s foundation. I was first invited to participate in the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in 2004, soon after I turned 25....

Q & A with Surdna Foundation Board Member John Hawkins on Impact Investing

Posted by John Hawkins on October 19, 2014

John Hawkins, a board member and great-grandson of Surdna’s founder John E. Andrus, discusses the evolution of the Surdna board’s thinking on impact investing. Hawkins describes the contours leading to the board’s eventual embrace of a PRI fund and the how the family’s values informed that decision.

Leveraging NCFP resources for local peer learning

Posted by Barbara Taylor on October 18, 2014

Like many regional associations of grantmakers, Grantmakers of Western PA (GWP) was created to help those working in philanthropy connect with and learn from one another.  As GWP approaches its 30th anniversary, the people interested in making smart community investments have broadened well beyond...

Small stone, big ripple: 12 strategies for spreading your small grant further

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on September 18, 2014

Do you want to make a big splash with grant dollars, but you can only make a small gift? Not a problem! Some of the most effective change starts with a small grant. By following a few simple strategies, you can create a growing ripple effect with a small gift. The following are 12 ideas to help you make a big impact.

The circle of philanthropy

Posted by Lauren Hasey Maher on August 18, 2014

There is an ever increasing commitment among families to be intentional about exposing the next generation and including them in their philanthropy. The recent Nexus Global Youth Summit showcased a number of truly innovative ways that participants were harnessing their professional skills to make an impact on an issue they care about, while doing it in collaboration with others.

Weaving a web in action

Posted by Annie Hernandez and Katie Marcus Reker on July 29, 2014

When two family foundations met in the summer of 2010 to allow their engaged youth to connect with and learn from one another, we never would have predicted what would come out of it. It was these two foundations along with two others that launched, Youth Philanthropy Connect, a project of the Frieda C....

Women’s philanthropic influence within families and society on the rise

Posted by Claire Costello on July 29, 2014

Giving back to society and having a meaningful impact is among the most empowering and rewarding aspects of wealth. In a world that’s changing faster and pulling us in different directions, it is often philanthropy that unifies us and focuses our attention to what matters most....

The power of family and philanthropy

Posted by Audrey Jacobs on June 22, 2014

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to think about what makes family philanthropy so special. I attended the inaugural National Forum on Family Philanthropy and came away with a deeper understanding of the importance of family and philanthropy. I understood more than ever that family philanthropy...

Welcoming our first Distinguished Fellow in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on May 28, 2014

Editor’s note: We are pleased to share NCFP President Virginia Esposito’s introductory remarks announcing our first Distinguished Fellow in Family Philanthropy at the National Forum. Read the official press release for more details. It is an incredible honor to be announcing the first Distinguished...

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