The Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson scholarship foundation

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

“Mr. Johnson felt he had been ‘lucky.’ Those were his words: ‘You know, we’ve been lucky with money.’” Theodore “Ted” Johnson returned from service as a gunnery officer in World War I and took a job with Merchants Parcel Delivery, a private messenger and delivery service. Johnson would work his way...

Program and General Support: Choices for Giving Ffamilies

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on April 15, 2007

In an ongoing salvo in the decades-long debate surrounding program and general operating support, a 2007 report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy charges: The grantmaking practices of a significant part of the foundation sector may be crippling small community-based and other...

Project vs. General Operating Support: Need it be Either/or?

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2007

With reports from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and the Center for Effective Philanthropy, among others, focusing on program vs. operating costs, I am often asked how donors and family funders are dealing with this debate. I remember the passionate debate that followed a major...

The Hill-Snowdon foundation

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

Arthur B. Hill, a pharmaceutical salesman with no formal education who worked his way to the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson, created the Arthur B. Hill Foundation in 1959. For years, the foundation would operate as a “kitchen table” philanthropy with volunteer family members managing the...

Mapping change: Discovering your giving niche

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on March 15, 2007

Effective and meaningful family philanthropy channels a family’s passions, interests, beliefs, values, and resources for a social good. Maintaining this delicate balance between private values and public virtue can position giving families for their most inspiring and innovative grants, but it also...

A happy anniversary

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 15, 2007

Given that I am tired, exhilarated, challenged, inspired, frustrated, and charged up, it can mean only one thing: I have just returned from spending time with donors, family members and others involved in family philanthropy. In this case it was the 2007 Family Foundations Conference....

The Durfee foundation

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

In 1935, R. Stanton Avery and his wife Dorothy Durfee Avery founded Kum-Kleen Adhesive Products. Stan provided the product: a new invention of his own design—the first commercially feasible self-adhesive label machine. Dorothy provided the capital: a $50 bank loan using the Ford Model A she had...

Where we go from here: Crafting a family mission statement

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on February 15, 2007

` Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ [asked Alice]. `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.`I don’t much care where–’ said Alice.`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Unlike the...

The Barbara and Donald Jonas family fund: Painting a family philanthropy canvas

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

Having just moved into their New York apartment, Barbara and Donald Jonas found themselves staring at a blank canvas. “About thirty years ago, we had moved into a lovely apartment with a lot of walls and we wanted to do something together,” says Barbara. “[My husband and I] thought that [investing in...

Inspiring family giving

Posted by Virginia Esposito on January 15, 2007

Happy 2007 and welcome to a New Year of Family Giving News! This is a very special year for all of us at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. It is our Tenth Anniversary year and we plan to devote a great part of this year celebrating the donors and families who inspire us....

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