Voices from the Field Posts

Opening the Door: Is There Any Good Reason Not to Accept Proposals?

Posted by Tate Williams on February 8, 2018

When you look at the common reasons foundations give for not taking applications, they kind of fall apart. At the end of the day, it really just comes down to a choice—a barrier intentionally placed between tax-subsidized wealth, and the public that it’s legally required to benefit.

Efficient Assumptions

Posted by Lenore Hanisch on February 5, 2018

In this piece, Lenore Hanisch explores how the assumptions we make about wealth, race, gender, and family can inhibit our ability to do the work we set out to do, including connecting with others who share our vision of resourcing positive change.

Standing Together: Exciting Ways Family Philanthropy Can Come Together in 2018

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on January 30, 2018

2017 was a challenging and frustrating year for many of us who work in family philanthropy. The nation’s political climate—characterized by intense partisan polarization and accompanied by a parade of troublesome public policy changes—has undone years of hard work and placed new burdens on the nonprofits we support and the communities we serve.

How The Raskob Foundation Values Family: A Recap of the NCFP Webinar Valuing the Family in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on January 23, 2018

How do family foundations keep the focus on family in their philanthropy? In a January webinar, three family foundation colleagues from multiple generations joined NCFP’s president Ginny Esposito to talk about families large and small, and the shared values that hold them together over time.

The Power of a Peer Network

Posted by Kylie Musolf on January 22, 2018

In the lives of young people, peers play a unique role in the development of habits, skills, and beliefs. But how do you connect with, and leverage, the right peer group?

Balancing Privilege and Responsibility

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel on January 18, 2018

Balancing privilege with responsibility is no small feat. And then, after you miraculously have figured it out for yourself, how do you pass this wisdom down to your next generation?

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?

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