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.

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

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 1, 2017

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Castellano Family Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Bainum Family Foundation; Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

4 Next Gen Engagement Tips from Ellie Frey Zagel

Posted by Kylie Musolf on November 30, 2017

At the 2017 National Forum on Family Philanthropy, Ellie Frey Zagel described herself as “the next gen of your nightmares: one who said she’d never return to live in the community where her family’s foundation was based.”

How We Give: Ten Tips for Donors and Families

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 28, 2017

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?

Another World is Possible: A Vision of Putting Philanthropy Out of Business

Posted by Farhad Ebrahimi on November 22, 2017

Even when we aspire to fund the right things, the ways in which we provide that funding run the risk of undermining the transformative potential of such work. As funders, we desperately need to learn how to let go and get out of the way.

Can We Agree on This Simple Definition of Equity?

Posted by Vu Le on November 20, 2017

Equity has been like coconut water. It’s all over the place. It’s flavored with pineapple, sometimes with chocolate. Everyone is drinking Equity; it’s on websites, in conference themes, and in those “word-cloud” thingies. Given how pervasive it is, it’s weird that we don’t seem to have a common, universally-accepted definition for it.

Why Support for Long-term Harvey Recovery is So Vital

Posted by Robert G. Ottenhoff on November 17, 2017

For every day of immediate relief, there are at least ten days required for mid-term recovery and at least 100 days for long-term recovery. Based on that estimate, people will be recovering from hurricane Harvey for at least three years and probably longer.

Millennials Can Change Family Foundations

Posted by Mark C. Callaway on November 14, 2017

"As a father and a trustee, it is important to me that I understand the millennial perspective. I spend a lot of time following the latest research on millennial beliefs and behaviors because I want to understand how specifically those beliefs impact their philanthropy, investments, and approach to being good citizens."

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