Voices from the Field Posts

The Final Bells Have Rung, but Philanthropy is Always in Session

Posted by Kylie Musolf and Rachel Ogorek on June 28, 2017

School is out and summer has officially begun. It's every parent's annual conundrum: what are we going to do this summer? Swim lessons? Summer camp? A visit to grandma's house?

The Power of Investing in Volunteer Engagement

Posted by Jane Leighty Justis on June 26, 2017

As funders, we pay great attention to how potential grantees steward their financial resources, but do we pay equal attention to how they lead and manage their human resources? Volunteers are a vastly underutilized, yet virtually unlimited renewable resource. The need is urgent, the timing is critical, and the support is necessary.

How Aggravating is Your Grantmaking Process? Use this Checklist to Find Out!

Posted by Vu Le on June 19, 2017

As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt. Let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat themselves unconscious. Funders: Please go through this list one item at a time. Then have a conversation with your team about what things you can do to improve your score.

Why "Next-Gen" Misses the Point

Posted by Richard Marker on June 14, 2017

There is something not quite right when people who have demonstrated leadership roles in other settings, have successful careers, and in many cases are well along raising their own children, are still considered to be too young for the decision-making circle of the family. Too often they are all lopped together as “next gens”.

Strategic Communications Implementation Timeline

Posted by Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation on June 12, 2017

As the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation matured, the board realized that not discussing the foundation’s work in a larger, more public way might hinder our ability to serve the grantees, partners, and issues we are most concerned about.

Assessing Your Family Foundation’s Work

Posted by Peter Panepento on May 30, 2017

But while your family foundation isn’t ruled by the same market forces that helped your family accumulate its wealth, you will undoubtedly want to find out whether your work is making a difference and whether your organization is operating efficiently.

Letter to the Field: No Time for Business as Usual

Posted by Sharon Alpert on May 25, 2017

These are extraordinary times. For more than 25 years, Nathan Cummings Foundation’s mission has explicitly named a commitment to democratic values and social justice, supporting the most vulnerable, respecting diversity and promoting understanding across cultures, and empowering communities. Today, we are facing assaults on the values we hold dear.

Technology Implementation: Steps for Success

Posted by Foundant Technologies on May 11, 2017

The best software solution in the world won’t walk in the door and magically make you and your board use it.

A Family Tradition of Service and Philanthropy

Posted by Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln on April 25, 2017

A passion for philanthropy is a gift that can be passed down through generations.

8 Lessons From My Grandfather David Rockefeller

Posted by Adam Growald on April 21, 2017

The historical side of my grandfather’s story has been told in many different forms. This is my way of honoring him, by sharing some of the lessons I have learned from the example of his life and death.

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