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

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 28, 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 John Templeton Foundation; the Hyde Foundation; the Hill-Snowdon Foundation; the Nord Family Foundation; the McGowan Fund; the Surdna Foundation and the Andrus Family Fund.

Thrive at Five: Families Sharing Stories

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on February 27, 2018

If you are a newer family foundation with one or two generations on the board, five generations may seem like a long time away. Yet in family philanthropy, quite a few foundations have been operating and thriving, for 50, 75, even 100 years. What’s the secret of these family philanthropies that make it five generations or more? How do they stay united over time, over generations, and across family branches? How do they successfully attract and engage younger family members?

The Right Kind of Tears

Posted by Leap Ambassadors Community on February 26, 2018

Lowell Weiss and Jennifer Hoos Rothberg, executive director of the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, continue their longstanding dialogue about how funders can pay careful heed–not just lip service–to what their grantees need for improving performance.

Foundations Engaging in Policy: Not an Option But an Obligation

Posted by John Mullaney on February 21, 2018

Shaping policy that influences and shapes what government does cannot and should not be relegated to nonprofits acting by themselves or to individuals in town hall meetings. Grantmakers have a powerful voice to contribute to these deliberations.

Blockchain Explained: Risks And Opportunities For Philanthropy

Posted by Nick Hamlin on February 20, 2018

Blockchain for philanthropy comes with risks and opportunities. Nick Hamlin of GlobalGiving explains its technical, social, and ethical implications.

Successful Generations Podcast: Raising Kids with Generous Genes

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel and Susan Crites Price on February 16, 2018

In this episode, Susan and I discuss when to start engaging little ones in giving, family volunteering, role modeling, helping children find their philanthropic voice and much more!

How to Walk the Talk When You’re Walking with Others

Posted by Victor Gongora on February 14, 2018

PEAK Grantmaking has been taking a look at how grantmakers can better align their grantmaking practices to their values through our Walk the Talk initiative.

Grantee Inspired Giving: The Case for Unorthodox Philanthropy

Posted by Rachel Ogorek on February 12, 2018

NCFP’s 2015 Trends study found that more than 90% of respondents cited the “impact of their giving” as a top motivation for participation in family philanthropy. Clearly, funders want to know that the resources they provide are addressing the issues they support. However, accurately assessing the impact of your philanthropic capital can be difficult.

Opening the Door: Is There Any Good Reason Not to Accept Proposals?

Posted by Tate Williams on February 8, 2018

When you look at the common reasons foundations give for not taking applications, they kind of fall apart. At the end of the day, it really just comes down to a choice—a barrier intentionally placed between tax-subsidized wealth, and the public that it’s legally required to benefit.

Efficient Assumptions

Posted by Lenore Hanisch on February 5, 2018

In this piece, Lenore Hanisch explores how the assumptions we make about wealth, race, gender, and family can inhibit our ability to do the work we set out to do, including connecting with others who share our vision of resourcing positive change.

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