Voices from the Field Posts
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?
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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 passion for philanthropy is a gift that can be passed down through generations.
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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.