Gratitude and generosity

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2007

November is a very special month for those involved in philanthropy. We set aside time to honor our traditions of gratitude. For many of us, gratitude and the chance to give back ranks high among the values that motivate our giving and volunteering. We are grateful for our own blessings and we...

Donor-advised funds: Tools for giving families

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on October 15, 2007

Wanted: Tax-Advantageous, Convenient, Flexible Way to Give Back. Giving Family Seeks Way to Make Difference Privately. Must Love Children. Families looking for less time-consuming but still informed and effective ways to give back are increasingly turning to donor-advised funds, either exclusively or...

The Lumpkin family foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on October 15, 2007

When the Lumpkin family began, in 2005, to consider a new grant program, they encountered a stumbling block. While the family had a number of common interests—healthy food, education, water quality, nonprofit capacity-building—none of them produced enough “collective passion” to warrant the creation of...

How we give

Posted by Virginia Esposito on October 15, 2007

There is a lot of justifiable attention paid these days to some of the BIG questions about philanthropy and the philanthropic process: Why give? How much to give? What to give to? What difference does it make? In my conversations with donor families, I have discovered a question that gets less public...

The Laird Norton family

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 15, 2007

With a family business that goes back 152 years, the Laird Norton family has a lot of history to chronicle. That’s why they’ve chosen several ways to do it, including some novel approaches. In 1855, two brothers, Matthew George Norton and James Laird Norton, and their cousin, William Harris Laird,...

Telling your family's story

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on September 15, 2007

Family philanthropies are intimately connected with the past that shapes them. As stewards of both a public trust and a family legacy, philanthropic families are constantly drawing on their history for wisdom, energy, and focus. That’s why growing numbers of families are recording their stories to...

Reflection and imagination

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 15, 2007

“So the future may learn from the past” As I began to type this message, I had to catch my breath when I keyed in “September 2007.” Knowing that this is our 10th anniversary month, I might have been more prepared for the shock of the startling passage of time. It’s striking to realize that in September...

The Harman Family Foundation: Learning Leads to Focus

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 15, 2007

Wellesley College Professor of English Barbara Harman awaited the release of her book The Feminine Political Novel in Victorian England. The year was 1998, and when it arrived, after 10 long years of research and writing, she experienced something she assumes many authors discover upon the publication...

The Charles A. Frueaff foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 15, 2007

It’s moving day at the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation. It’s a hectic but exciting time. After 10 years in the same three-room office space, the Frueauff Foundation is moving to a new 4300-square-foot headquarters complete with board rooms and conference space in Little Rock’s booming River Market...

Privacy and publicity: First steps in creating a communications strategy

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on July 15, 2007

Family philanthropy is at once an intensely private and a very public enterprise where personal principles meet public obligations. It is often difficult to find a compromise between these competing values. Many giving families opt to keep a low public profile, preferring to remain largely out of the...

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