Site Visits: A Tool for Effective and Engaged Donors

Posted by Sarah Trzepacz on August 15, 2005

Writing a check to a nonprofit is not in and of itself a particularly satisfying activity and it is only one step in getting the job done. There is no greater satisfaction than having some involvement with the organization you are helping to fund. Site visits accomplish this. Nothing beats getting to...

Six Timeless Tips for Raising Philanthropic Children

Posted by Sarah Trzepacz on July 15, 2005

Providing for children not only involves ensuring that they have clothes on their backs, roofs over their heads, and food in their stomachs, it also requires that families supply a sense of appreciation for their gifts, monetary and otherwise, and the desire to share those gifts with others....

Evaluating Effectiveness: Pursuing Excellence in Your Family's Philanthropy

Posted by Sarah Trzepacz on April 15, 2005

While no family launches a charitable giving vehicle with the intention of spending time and resources without results, it can often be difficult to quantify or even evaluate the results of one’s philanthropy. Certainly every family hopes that their giving will have a positive impact on the world...

African-American Family Philanthropy: A Long, Venerable Tradition

Posted by Sarah Trzepacz on February 15, 2005

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the creative light of altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s persistent and most urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “It was part of my religious upbringing....

Ethics in Family Philanthropy: Putting Shared Values to Work

Posted by Sarah Trzepacz on January 15, 2005

There are times when philanthropy is in the news for all the wrong reasons: stories of scandal and abuse garnering as much attention, if not more, than tales of valuable philanthropic contributions. Despite unfavorable press coverage and eroding public confidence in the nonprofit sector, things are not...

5 Ways to Harness the Holiday Spirit for Use Year-round

Posted by Sarah Trzepacz on December 15, 2004

Each year as the holiday season approaches, life’s pace seems to quicken exponentially, hurtling us faster and faster through last-chance buying sprees to office parties, gift exchanges, and family meals to feed a cast of thousands. But even with so many things to do, people to see, and memories to...

Holiday Traditions

Posted by Virginia Esposito on December 15, 2004

Many family foundations and funds have chosen to hold their annual meetings during the Thanksgiving weekend. It is a time when family is together and it makes sense for so many geographically dispersed families to add their philanthropic business to the shared celebration of giving thanks....

Faith, Wealth, and Philanthropy: Navigating Uncharted Waters

Posted by David G. Trickett on October 15, 2004

Why do so many kinds of barriers keep people apart? Take your pick; it might be race, class, faith, profession, or educational pedigree, to name but a few. I learned nearly 50 years ago, in grade school, that these barriers—many of which we, or our ancestors, have created— foster a feeling of...

Faith and Family Philanthropy: The Power of Giving to Improve and Strengthen Communities

Posted by Sarah Trzepacz on October 15, 2004

Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.  —Zoroaster And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity —I Corinthians We. . .have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and...

The 990-PF in a Nutshell: What You Need to Know

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 15, 2004

What is the 990-PF and who needs to fill one out? The 990-PF is the tax return used for all private foundations filing under tax-exempt status, which inventories all of a foundation’s assets, investments, revenue, expenses, and charitable disbursements throughout the fiscal year....

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