Voices from the Field Posts
by Kris Putnam-Walkerly
on August 15, 2017
These aren’t aspects of success that you can measure with metrics or data, and they are things that many funders often either take for granted or completely overlook. Yet, when they are present, they make a night-and-day difference in effectiveness.
by Richard Marker
on August 10, 2017
It need not be said that families are complex and relationships, between and within generations, reflect that complexity. Every decision that has to be made is loaded because every one is personal.
by Simone Friedman
on August 8, 2017
Instead of aligning all of our foundation’s investments with our mission, we have carved out a small portion of the corpus of one of the foundations under the EJF Philanthropies umbrella. By setting aside this portion, we have not had to put a large amount of money to work.
by Dawn Franks
on August 3, 2017
Family foundations are legally organized entities with specific rules, requirements and obligations. They have a board of directors commonly made up of family members. They are most often established in perpetuity, creating the eventual challenge of when and how to involve the next generation.
by Bruce DeBoskey
on July 27, 2017
Creation of a good mission statement is a worthwhile endeavor. It involves and educates current and future stakeholders, enforces focus, clarifies decision-making, and provides valuable information to nonprofits and other donors alike.
by Kelly Medinger
on July 25, 2017
A couple years ago I realized the Knott Foundation was approaching 40 years as a Catholic family foundation! The time was ripe to pause, reflect on our work, and find ways to commemorate the Foundation. Enter the idea of creating a donor legacy video.
by Mollie Bunis
on July 20, 2017
In the unique context of family philanthropy, decisions related to time horizon are rarely as simple as an investment strategy decision.
by David Addams
on July 17, 2017
Acknowledging that we are not living in a post-racist or post-poverty environment and learning how and why these issues exist today and continue to interfere with the fulfillment of human potential is a fundamentally key and critical part of the work that we are doing in this exploratory period of our work.
Griping about generational differences has almost overtaken baseball as America's favorite pastime. At least, it can certainly feel that way!
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by Stephanie Cohn-Rupp
on July 7, 2017
Mission Investing has gained momentum, and has many families and foundations wondering if their assets are in support of the causes and issues that are the most meaningful to them.