Voices from the Field Posts

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?

Approaching Philanthropy with a Beginner's Mind: Five New Perspectives that Deliver

Posted by Leslie Pine on May 17, 2018

Is it possible that some of the most inspired, effective solutions to the most intractable challenges could come from nothing?

Is Impact Investing the Next Big Thing for Donor-Advised Funds?

Posted by Nicholas Salter on May 9, 2018

Private foundations have been taking bolder steps toward impact investing in recent years. But with more individuals turning to donor-advised funds (DAFs) to facilitate their giving, how can those funds also be invested today to improve the world?

Huge Footprint: Self Family Foundation Helped Transform Area in its 75 Years

Posted by The Index-Journal on May 7, 2018

The Self Family Foundation has been a part of Greenwood for 75 years, and its work is interwoven into the fabric of the community. “Greenwood is a much different place today because of the investments of the foundation,” said Frank Wideman III, president and CEO of the private family foundation.

The Value of Making A Family Legacy Film

Posted by Yuval Lion on May 4, 2018

Suddenly, I was thinking more about the meaning of money, responsibility, privilege, and the possible consequences of inherited wealth. That led me to question my parents’ legacy – how would their wealth impact future generations of our family?

Investment Approach 101: Learn the Basics

Posted by Kylie Musolf on May 2, 2018

Lots of foundations are starting to look at their investment strategy as a way to increase the impact of their philanthropic dollars.

Courage to Lead (from our hearts) in Philanthropy

Posted by Gayle Williams on April 30, 2018

Twenty five years of work in foundations has confirmed for me what is now emerging as a truth in the leadership field: Trustworthy relationships and emotional intelligence are at the heart of all successful leadership.

The Alabama Black Belt Foundation

Posted by The Alabama Black Belt Foundation on April 26, 2018

In 2011, Hunter Lewis, co-founder of global investment firm Cambridge Associates, was interested in purchasing land untouched by chemical herbicides and pesticides to use for an organic farming operation. Lewis found his oasis in the Black Belt of Alabama, which is named after its fertile black soil.

The Promise and Challenge of Community Democracy

Posted by Garland Yates and Peter Pennekamp on April 24, 2018

Across the field, philanthropy and other potential change-making institutions have grappled with implementing place-based initiatives and funding community-transformative systems.

Successful Generations Podcast: Engaging your Family in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel on April 19, 2018

In this episode, Virginia “Ginny” Esposito, Founder of the National Center of Family Philanthropy, highlights what family business is and common trends in the work she has been in for over 30 years.

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