Time Horizon for Family Foundations: It’s Complicated

Posted by Mollie Bunis on July 20, 2017

In the unique context of family philanthropy, decisions related to time horizon are rarely as simple as an investment strategy decision.

What We Mean by Equity at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Posted by David Addams on July 17, 2017

Acknowledging that we are not living in a post-racist or post-poverty environment and learning how and why these issues exist today and continue to interfere with the fulfillment of human potential is a fundamentally key and critical part of the work that we are doing in this exploratory period of our work.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Generational Differences in Family Philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 11, 2017

Griping about generational differences has almost overtaken baseball as America's favorite pastime. At least, it can certainly feel that way!

Why Families Should Start Thinking About Mission-Related Investing

Posted by Stephanie Cohn-Rupp on July 7, 2017

Mission Investing has gained momentum, and has many families and foundations wondering if their assets are in support of the causes and issues that are the most meaningful to them.

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

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 29, 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 Duchossois Family Foundation; The Rockefeller Brothers Fund; The Castellano Family Foundation; The Fred L. Emerson Foundation; The Bainum Family Foundation; The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; The Tracy Family Foundation; The Siragusa Family Foundation and the National Center on Family Homelessness.

The Final Bells Have Rung, but Philanthropy is Always in Session

Posted by Kylie Musolf and Rachel Ogorek on June 28, 2017

School is out and summer has officially begun. It's every parent's annual conundrum: what are we going to do this summer? Swim lessons? Summer camp? A visit to grandma's house?

The Power of Investing in Volunteer Engagement

Posted by Jane Leighty Justis on June 26, 2017

As funders, we pay great attention to how potential grantees steward their financial resources, but do we pay equal attention to how they lead and manage their human resources? Volunteers are a vastly underutilized, yet virtually unlimited renewable resource. The need is urgent, the timing is critical, and the support is necessary.

Uncovering the Layers of Unconscious Bias is the Journey of a Lifetime

Posted by June Wilson on June 21, 2017

In this piece, June Wilson, Executive Director emeritus of the Quixote Foundation, reflects on the value of uncovering and examining unconscious bias, shining the light on how other funders can do the same.

How Aggravating is Your Grantmaking Process? Use this Checklist to Find Out!

Posted by Vu Le on June 19, 2017

As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt. Let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat themselves unconscious. Funders: Please go through this list one item at a time. Then have a conversation with your team about what things you can do to improve your score.

Why "Next-Gen" Misses the Point

Posted by Richard Marker on June 14, 2017

There is something not quite right when people who have demonstrated leadership roles in other settings, have successful careers, and in many cases are well along raising their own children, are still considered to be too young for the decision-making circle of the family. Too often they are all lopped together as “next gens”.

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