Voices from the Field Posts

A Charitable Legacy, Ensured

Posted by Linda Taaffe on June 11, 2018

Considered an icon in the philanthropy world, Susan Packard Orr frequently is the person nonprofits look to for inspiration and advice. For more than three decades, the Stanford resident has provided nonprofits around the world with support services and software she developed. She's probably better known, however, for steering her family's foundation, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, for the past 22 years.

Raising Charitable Children in Charitable Families

Posted by Ellen Sabin on June 7, 2018

The best way to empower the children you love is to help them embrace their ability to make a difference and help others. This gift will give them self-esteem, will build their character and will also create the next generation of givers!

Family Culture: Creating a Resilient Family Tree

Posted by Jamie Forbes and Kelly Nowlin on June 4, 2018

Cultural gatekeepers ensure that families sustain their collective identity by watching over and revisiting their cultural norms, adjusting or confirming along the way that “this is how we do it” while also recognizing that how we do it today might have to be different next year.

Program Related Investments: Why Aren’t More Foundations Using Them?

Posted by Mary Ann Weiss on June 3, 2018

PRIs offer a tool for foundations to make an impact, while recouping dollars for new investments. It’s seemingly a win-win. However, only a small percentage of foundations are actually using them. And most of them are larger and well-resourced. Why is that?

Advocacy & Lobbying: Rules for Public Charity Grantees of Private Foundations

Posted by Learn Foundation Law on May 31, 2018

Learn Foundation Law is back to announce the launch of a new course geared toward grantees—Advocacy & Lobbying: Rules for Public Charity Grantees of Private Foundations.

Focused on the Future We Want

Posted by Sharon Alpert on May 30, 2018

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is focused on creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society, and to finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality.

Impact and Outcomes: From Jargon to Meaning

Posted by Giving Compass on May 28, 2018

Ending homelessness. Improving school readiness. Preserving wildlife habitat. Impact statements can inspire and bring together partners, staff and funders around common, long-term goals that deserve focused efforts and resources.

The David Rockefeller Fund’s Executive Director Lukas Haynes featured on the That Got Me Thinking Podcast

Posted by Lukas Haynes on May 24, 2018

Listen to the David Rockefeller Fund’s Executive Director Lukas Haynes in conversation with Ellie Newman, host of That Got Me Thinking podcast, during a live radio KDPI interview in Sun Valley, Idaho. In the interview, Lukas talks about David Rockefeller’s philanthropic giving and the values and program priorities of Rockefeller’s 5th generation family foundation.

The Next Five Years: Three Reasons We Must Adapt

Posted by Open Road Alliance on May 22, 2018

When is an organization no longer a ‘start-up’? Is it age, size, or some other acquired wisdom that moves it out of the ‘test and experiment’ stage into the ‘institutional’ one? When is it time for an organization to change or adapt? Do we revisit strategies every 3 or 5 years because they are ‘round numbers’? Or do we watch the world around us and continuously react? How do you know when to grow?

Grantmaking that is “With” and not “For”

Posted by Helen LaKelly Hunt on May 17, 2018

What if the beneficiaries of the hardworking organizations that foundations serve were represented among foundation leadership?

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