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

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 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 W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Durfee Foundation; Lumpkin Family Foundation and the Tracy Family Foundation.

Standing Together: Exciting Ways Family Philanthropy Can Come Together in 2018

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on January 30, 2018

2017 was a challenging and frustrating year for many of us who work in family philanthropy. The nation’s political climate—characterized by intense partisan polarization and accompanied by a parade of troublesome public policy changes—has undone years of hard work and placed new burdens on the nonprofits we support and the communities we serve.

The Lasting Value of Transparency

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on January 25, 2018

Transparency enhances our ability to learn, to lead, to reach consensus, and even agree to disagree. That’s because adopting a mindset of transparency encourages deeper participation and helps us stay focused on our mission. As a result, we tend to be more successful and satisfied working together because we know more about what’s going on.

How The Raskob Foundation Values Family: A Recap of the NCFP Webinar Valuing the Family in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on January 23, 2018

How do family foundations keep the focus on family in their philanthropy? In a January webinar, three family foundation colleagues from multiple generations joined NCFP’s president Ginny Esposito to talk about families large and small, and the shared values that hold them together over time.

The Power of a Peer Network

Posted by Kylie Musolf on January 22, 2018

In the lives of young people, peers play a unique role in the development of habits, skills, and beliefs. But how do you connect with, and leverage, the right peer group?

Balancing Privilege and Responsibility

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel on January 18, 2018

Balancing privilege with responsibility is no small feat. And then, after you miraculously have figured it out for yourself, how do you pass this wisdom down to your next generation?

Social Justice at the Surdna Foundation

Posted by Surdna Foundation on January 16, 2018

The Surdna Foundation recently published, “Social Justice at the Surdna Foundation,” which outlines their commitment to social justice. This has required difficult and ongoing conversations, a broad understanding of long-term systemic change, and acknowledgement that the work will never be "done."

Coming Together: Communities Team Up to Redesign Public Space

Posted by Rounak Maiti on January 10, 2018

Placemaking places people at the heart of its process—empowering individuals by giving them an active voice in shaping the spaces around them, mapping and designing their own communities. The Levitt Foundation highlights a few fascinating placemaking projects from around the globe that illustrate the beauty of people coming together and creating a shared vision for their community.

What the Next Gen Really Wants

Posted by Michael Moody and Sharna Goldseker on January 8, 2018

Ask any philanthropic family about their biggest challenge or concern, and one of the answers you’re most likely to hear is “how can I better engage the next generation?” In fact, NCFP’s 2015 Trends Study pointed to the changing leadership of family foundations – specifically to the engagement of younger generations on foundation boards – as a major factor that will shape the future of family philanthropy.

The Case for Impact Investing by Small and Mid-Size Family Foundations

Posted by Stacey Faella and Margaret Gifford on January 5, 2018

Given the benefits of PRI's as a unique tool for advancing impact and that larger foundations have demonstrated their use, why do so few family foundations use them?

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