Junior Board Organizes Community Meet and Greet

Posted by Ana Gonzalez on September 12, 2018

Their Junior Board had been doing collaborative grantmaking for two years, but the community didn’t know them very well. A "Meet and Greet" would be the perfect opportunity to let the world of philanthropy in Laredo gather on a larger scale.

The Three Inheritors: A Useful Contemplation Exercise

Posted by Mark Ewert on September 10, 2018

If you consider wealth more broadly, then we inherit a history of place and communities that strove to support each other, the Earth, and the disadvantaged among us.

How to Start a Youth Philanthropy Program

Posted by Sheryl Seller on September 7, 2018

This blog provides those who aspire to start a youth philanthropy program with a timeline and things to consider along the journey to creating a democratic, diverse, inclusive, and equitable program.

Transact Or Transform: What Kind Of Giver Are You?

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on September 5, 2018

Transactional philanthropy is important and necessary to help those in immediate crises meet very pressing needs. For many donors, that’s enough. But what happens when we think more strategically about the needs in question?

News and notes from NCFP's Friends of the Family network

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 31, 2018

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Solcz Family Foundation; Self Family Foundation; the Arizona Community Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Laughing Gull Foundation; the Sobrato Family Foundation and the Clowes Fund.

Making Advocacy a Family Philanthropy Affair

Posted by Ali Sirkus Brody and Jennifer Wegbreit on August 29, 2018

Advocacy is an important tool for family philanthropists seeking to address mounting issues of inequality or for those who recognize that funding direct services alone is not enough to create lasting change.

Ready! Fire! Aim?

Posted by Mark Larimer on August 27, 2018

Don’t ask, “What can technology do for me?” Instead ask, “How can I leverage technology to do better?” The right solution should be an extension of your knowledge, talents, and passion...not a replacement.

Smart Philanthropy: 6 Strategic Questions

Posted by Ashok Alexander on August 22, 2018

Strategic philanthropy is about maximizing the impact of every rupee given away.

Front Row Seat on Impact Investing: Finding Market-Rate Returns in Mission Investments in Smaller Communities

Posted by Rosalie Sheehy Cates on August 20, 2018

There are many options for foundations to make these private mission investments and earn relatively low financial returns. But as foundations open more of their endowments to mission investing, they want more market-rate mission investments.

What Does Your Family Need Your Foundation (or DAF) to Be?

Posted by Tony Macklin on August 16, 2018

Whether your tool is new or handed down, functional or fixable, the important questions are: Is it the right tool for the job now? Do you want it to last? If so, will it still be useful in 20 years or more?

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