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

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 4, 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 Nord Family Foundation; the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation; the Rasmuson Foundation; the Zilber Family Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

But What Do We Stand For?

Posted by Virginia Esposito on January 2, 2018

At our first retreat, twenty years ago this spring, the remarkable founding board gathered at Pocantico Conference Center and tackled this frustration. After some minutes, founding board member, Ira Hirschfield, of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, shifted the conversation. “We know what we are not,” he acknowledged, “but what do we stand for?”

Three Takeaways From The Trustee Education Institute: Reflections From A Young Trustee

Posted by Jackie Hendrickson on December 27, 2017

"We shared what we learned about board legalities, evaluation tools, and how we came to start thinking of our new roles in the foundation."

How Are Millennials Different Than Other Donors?

Posted by Brady Josephson on December 26, 2017

Millennials tend to give more frequently, in small amounts, to more causes. And they also want, and expect, more communication about their donation. But beyond that, they want some opportunities to get their hands dirty.

Look to Your Community Foundation in Times of Crisis

Posted by Exponent Philanthropy and Kristin Laird on December 21, 2017

Everyone wants to help during a crisis, and, for many, that means giving money. But few understand what it takes to distribute funds to the people, businesses, or nonprofits that will create the greatest impact and fulfill the most need—especially if the money lives in different funds at different organizations.

Charting a Course to Impact Investing for The Russell Family Foundation

Posted by Threshold on December 20, 2017

The idea of impact investing tends to divide people into two groups. Some believe it is the best-of-both-worlds; a way to invest that bolsters their mission while generating competitive returns. Others fear that it is too-good-to-be-true; a distraction that cannot consistently produce returns that are comparable to traditional investing models.

How do we work with our local community foundation to train young philanthropists?

Our family foundation would like to work with the local community foundation to set up a program that will help train younger philanthropists – both those in our family as well as other youth in the community. Do you have suggestions for models that others have used? Indeed we do!...

2017: A Landmark Year for Family Philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 15, 2017

The start of a new year always inspires me to reflect on the blessings we’ve enjoyed and challenges we’ve faced together — and to think about the amazing opportunities that lie ahead for our field.

Curiosity as a Catalyst for Personal Renewal and Community Transformation

Posted by Andy Carroll on December 12, 2017

The funders who catalyze change are those who show up at community and public meetings, attend local nonprofit conferences, talk with people in different walks of life. By engaging with people and listening, they develop insight into challenges and opportunities.

Family Philanthropy: The Lifeblood Of Family Continuity

Posted by Mitzi Perdue on December 7, 2017

The holidays are just around the corner, which means that American non-profits and charitable organizations across the country are gearing up for end-of-year giving campaigns.

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