Voices from the Field Posts

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.

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.

Ready! Fire! Aim? Are You Jumping Too Quickly to a Tech Solution?

Posted by Mark Larimer on August 27, 2018

Don’t ask, “What can technology do for me?” Instead ask, “How can I leverage technology to do better?” The right solution should be an extension of your knowledge, talents, and passion...not a replacement.

Smart Philanthropy: 6 Strategic Questions

Posted by Ashok Alexander on August 22, 2018

Strategic philanthropy is about maximizing the impact of every rupee given away.

Front Row Seat on Impact Investing: Finding Market-Rate Returns in Mission Investments in Smaller Communities

Posted by Rosalie Sheehy Cates on August 20, 2018

There are many options for foundations to make these private mission investments and earn relatively low financial returns. But as foundations open more of their endowments to mission investing, they want more market-rate mission investments.

What Does Your Family Need Your Foundation (or DAF) to Be?

Posted by Tony Macklin on August 16, 2018

Whether your tool is new or handed down, functional or fixable, the important questions are: Is it the right tool for the job now? Do you want it to last? If so, will it still be useful in 20 years or more?

Fueling a Revolution on International Change: Individual and Family Philanthropists

Posted by Ina Breuer and Maggi Alexander on August 14, 2018

All funders, big and small, are interested in the impact of their investments. This can be particularly tricky in the realm of international philanthropy where investments are made within diverse cultural contexts. It is critical that individuals and families interested in international giving understand that they too can make a difference.

2017 Disaster Data Demands Shift in Funding Focus

Posted by Robert G. Ottenhoff on August 9, 2018

During times of disaster, CDP provides frequent updates on private giving to help you determine how much your organization should donate and which grantees and activities you might want to support.

6 Ways to Advocate for Policy Change

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on August 6, 2018

The policies that guide our country did not grow overnight, and neither will the changes we wish to see in them.

Back to top