Voices from the Field Posts

Why Support for Long-term Harvey Recovery is So Vital

Posted by Robert G. Ottenhoff on November 17, 2017

For every day of immediate relief, there are at least ten days required for mid-term recovery and at least 100 days for long-term recovery. Based on that estimate, people will be recovering from hurricane Harvey for at least three years and probably longer.

Millennials Can Change Family Foundations

Posted by Mark C. Callaway on November 14, 2017

"As a father and a trustee, it is important to me that I understand the millennial perspective. I spend a lot of time following the latest research on millennial beliefs and behaviors because I want to understand how specifically those beliefs impact their philanthropy, investments, and approach to being good citizens."

Foundations Must Speak Up About the Poor and Vulnerable Who Will Be Hurt by GOP Tax Plan

Posted by Claudia Herrold and John Mullaney on November 8, 2017

Too often, people in Washington have the impression that philanthropy can step in to make up for the loss of federal revenue that will occur when steep tax cuts are enacted. We in philanthropy know this is a fallacy of supreme proportions.

10 Habits of a Healthy Family Culture

Posted by Courtney Pullen on November 7, 2017

For many, living a rich life includes a rich family life that involves connection, sharing, closeness, and love. Yet achieving that is much easier said than done. How can we intentionally create a healthy family culture? What are some of its characteristics?

6 Ideas to Inspire a Foundation Legacy Video

Posted by Debbie Brodsky on October 24, 2017

Ken Burns and Cokie Roberts said it best at the NCFP opening plenary – “It makes it more meaningful to carry on the legacy of the family when you know those family stories.” It was the perfect lead-in to our session on Preserving Donor and Family Legacy: New Tools and Techniques.

Shh…Be Quiet and Listen

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on October 20, 2017

If there’s one thing I’m hearing in sessions and social hours at NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Forum, it’s about how important it is in family philanthropy to listen.

At the Forum, Exploring Our Past to Improve Our Future

Posted by Peter Panepento on October 19, 2017

No matter their mission, family foundations exist to create a better future. But their vision for the future is often shaped by the past — by the triumphs and tragedies of their founders and the subsequent experiences of the generations that follow them.

The Hewlett Foundation Program Officer Term Limits

Posted by Helena Choi on October 12, 2017

The Hewlett Foundation is pretty unique among foundations to set term limits for program staff. Many worry this system creates uncertainty for grantees or loss of institutional knowledge. But I’m convinced that term limits are absolutely great for everyone involved: the person leaving, the foundation, the grantees, and the broader field.

Adaptive Leadership as a Reflective Practice

Posted by Caroline Williamson and Jan Jaffe on October 10, 2017

I wanted to explore whether philanthropy practitioners have used adaptive leadership as a form of reflective practice. The B. Robert Williamson Jr. Foundation funds these programs and I wanted to learn how this foundation came to support a form of reflective practice as capacity building. That’s how I began my conversation with the foundation’s Executive Director, Caroline Williamson.

Finding the Slack: Millennials, Family Wealth, and Philanthropy

Posted by Katy Rees on October 6, 2017

As we continue to navigate the generational differences that face our society, I encourage you to explore a few insights from a millennial embracing her family’s wealth through philanthropy.

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