Giving internationally when the dollar is down

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 15, 2008

Q: How can we make sure our international grants have the most impact in times when the dollar is weak? A: An increasing number of family foundations are giving internationally. Our 2008 Pursuit of Excellence survey discovered that 21 percent of family foundation respondents make such grants....

Pursuing excellence

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 15, 2008

I have never had a donor family member turn me down when I asked for help on behalf of another giving family. Even when I needed someone to share a difficult experience, they agreed, knowing it might help a colleague. It has been a powerful testament to the generosity of spirit of these families; they...

Five questions for effectiveness

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on September 15, 2008

A new survey by the National Center for Family Philanthropy has concluded that most family foundations are conscientious guardians of charitable legacies. They observe high ethical standards of grantmaking practices, including fiscal oversight and accountability. Are you among them?...

The Lawrence Welk family foundation

Posted on July 18, 2008

A few summers ago, the board of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation issued a challenge to young family members. Gathered at a family-owned resort in San Diego for the family’s annual meeting, the fourth generation of Welk family members was told about a local shelter for homeless families....

Advocacy vs. lobbying

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 15, 2008

Q: In a board discussion of possible advocacy efforts, trustees recalled our founding documents, which prohibit “carrying on propaganda.” Where does this phrase come from and what exactly does it mean? A: The phrase “carrying on propaganda” comes from Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, which...

From checkbook to family fund: Why organize your giving?

Posted by Virginia Esposito on July 15, 2008

A great enthusiasm is building for getting the most out of your charitable giving, for working with your family in this pursuit, and for focusing for greater impact… in Israel! This past month I was invited to speak at a conference in Israel convened to encourage private philanthropy, particularly...

Passing the baton: Generations sharing leadership

Posted by Alice Buhl on July 15, 2008

The following is excerpted from the just published Passing the Baton? Generations Sharing Leadership by Alice Buhl, Senior Fellow, National Center for Family Philanthropy. Passing the Baton? is the latest entry in the National Center’s Passages white paper series, now available in Family Philanthropy...

The Tecovas foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 18, 2008

A family foundation writes a new chapter of the family legacy after the deaths of its generous founder and two family trustees. “I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, went to Kent State University, and majored in history and political science,” says 25-year-old Mary Galeti, Vice Chair of the $11-million...

Motivated giving- From serendipity to certainty

Posted by Virginia Esposito on June 15, 2008

Preparing to give a workshop or speech often includes exploring new themes or re-visiting some from past work. But background work for an upcoming trip to Israel means all of the above. Taking best advantage of all those airline miles means I’ll be making several presentations, covering both the basics...

Giving in tough times

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on June 15, 2008

The American economy is being buffeted by rising food and energy prices, housing foreclosures, a credit crunch, and falling stock prices. Nonprofits are caught between two crosswinds: surging community needs and a drop in donations from individual givers—the main source of nonprofit revenue....

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