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.
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.
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.
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.