News and Notes from NCFP's Friends of the Family Network

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on October 26, 2018

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Castellano Family Foundation; Russell Family Foundationn; Wyncote Foundation; Frey Foundation; and the JF Maddox Foundation.

Foundations Partnering to Raise the Next Generation of Philanthropists

Posted by Susan Crites Price on October 23, 2018

From a community foundation standpoint, teaching philanthropy at a very early age is part of donor development.

Four Questions for Nonprofit and Foundation Boards to Protect Their Organizations

Posted by Anne Wallestad and Aaron Dorfman on October 15, 2018

The board’s role in CEO oversight is not a straightforward or easy role to play, but it is an absolutely critical one.

Census 2020: Five Strategies for Family Foundations Seeking to Help Ensure an Accurate Count

Posted by Perla Ni on October 11, 2018

If you care about funding for your local community’s low-income housing, early-childhood education, healthcare and food stamps, few initiatives have as much impact on these services as the Census.

North Bay Fires: Five Lessons Learned

Posted by Elizabeth Brown on October 9, 2018

How can we replicate the outreach and support that was so easy to offer in urgent times to the more chronic challenges our communities face every day?

Binge Reading Takeaways: 8 Philanthropy Trends of Note

Posted by Richard Marker on October 4, 2018

After a binge reading marathon, some clear trends start to emerge. None of these trends will catch any of my philanthropy colleagues by surprise, but it is very striking to see them writ large, and often.

Podcast: 10 Things My Family Did to Engage Us in Philanthropy

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel on October 2, 2018

People always ask how our family got us involved in philanthropy. This podcast is dedicated to answering that question. Here are 10 things the Frey family did well and some of lessons learned.

Six Predictions for Family Philanthropy’s Future: Takeaways from NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Symposium Opening Plenary

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on September 27, 2018

What does the future of family philanthropy look like? At NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Symposium in San Francisco, 10 thought leaders attempted to answer this question.

Soliciting Grantee Feedback: A Benefit to Both Sides

Posted by Alexia Cameron on September 25, 2018

To best help the nonprofit organizations that we say we wish to serve, foundations must be prepared to invite open, honest feedback, consider it carefully, and then communicate findings and decisions back to the public.

Want Effective Capacity Building? Get Rid of the Incubation Mentality

Posted by Vu Le on September 20, 2018

The incubation mentality is the belief that effective nonprofits have to eventually “grow” out of whatever partnership they are in, whether it’s with a fiscal sponsor or a funding partner. It is a pervasive mentality, happening all across our sector, and it is downright harmful to our work.

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