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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?