A Grant Maker’s View: Money Doesn’t Make Us More Powerful — or Smarter

Posted by Jessamyn Shams-Lau on June 18, 2018

The time has come for all of us who are grant makers to admit to our mistakes, move past them, and unite with nonprofits toward a brighter future fueled by risk-taking, humility, and courage.

Traveling the Road of Philanthropy as a Family: Tailored Education to Improve the Journey

Posted by Jennifer Wegbreit, Ali Sirkus Brody and Deborah Dauber on June 14, 2018

Targeted philanthropic training acknowledges that not all family members are in the same stage of their philanthropic journey and provides different learning opportunities depending on each individual’s experience and level of engagement.

A Charitable Legacy, Ensured

Posted by Linda Taaffe on June 11, 2018

Considered an icon in the philanthropy world, Susan Packard Orr frequently is the person nonprofits look to for inspiration and advice. For more than three decades, the Stanford resident has provided nonprofits around the world with support services and software she developed. She's probably better known, however, for steering her family's foundation, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, for the past 22 years.

Raising Charitable Children in Charitable Families

Posted by Ellen Sabin on June 7, 2018

The best way to empower the children you love is to help them embrace their ability to make a difference and help others. This gift will give them self-esteem, will build their character and will also create the next generation of givers!

Family Culture: Creating a Resilient Family Tree

Posted by Jamie Forbes and Kelly Nowlin on June 4, 2018

Cultural gatekeepers ensure that families sustain their collective identity by watching over and revisiting their cultural norms, adjusting or confirming along the way that “this is how we do it” while also recognizing that how we do it today might have to be different next year.

Program Related Investments: Why Aren’t More Foundations Using Them?

Posted by Mary Ann Weiss on June 3, 2018

PRIs offer a tool for foundations to make an impact, while recouping dollars for new investments. It’s seemingly a win-win. However, only a small percentage of foundations are actually using them. And most of them are larger and well-resourced. Why is that?

Building the Board Your Foundation Deserves

Posted by Virginia Esposito on June 1, 2018

The title of this post has been carefully chosen to start or renew a conversation around great governance. How do you build the board your foundation deserves? Are there practices that make the most of volunteer leadership? Are there practices that keep you from having a highly functioning board? The answer to both is a resounding YES.

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

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on May 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 Zellerbach Family Foundation; the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region; the David Rockefeller Fund; the Sobrato Family Foundation; the Arizona Community Foundation; the Frey Foundation and the Self Family Foundation.

Advocacy & Lobbying: Rules for Public Charity Grantees of Private Foundations

Posted by Learn Foundation Law on May 31, 2018

Learn Foundation Law is back to announce the launch of a new course geared toward grantees—Advocacy & Lobbying: Rules for Public Charity Grantees of Private Foundations.

Focused on the Future We Want

Posted by Sharon Alpert on May 30, 2018

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is focused on creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society, and to finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality.

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