Voices from the Field Posts

Family Culture: Creating a Resilient Family Tree

Posted by Jamie Forbes and Kelly D. 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?

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?

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