Foundations Must Speak Up About the Poor and Vulnerable Who Will Be Hurt by GOP Tax Plan

Posted by Claudia Herrold and John Mullaney on November 8, 2017

Too often, people in Washington have the impression that philanthropy can step in to make up for the loss of federal revenue that will occur when steep tax cuts are enacted. We in philanthropy know this is a fallacy of supreme proportions.

10 Habits of a Healthy Family Culture

Posted by Courtney Pullen on November 7, 2017

For many, living a rich life includes a rich family life that involves connection, sharing, closeness, and love. Yet achieving that is much easier said than done. How can we intentionally create a healthy family culture? What are some of its characteristics?

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

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on November 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 Durfee Foundation; The Sobrato Family Foundation; Perrin Family Foundation; The Clowes Fund and the Springs Close Foundation.

America Needs Big Ideas to Heal Our Divides: Here are Three

Posted by Robert Putnam and John Bridgeland on October 31, 2017

A wealth of studies shows links between civic health and economic and educational success, public health, safety from crime, and good government...Civic energy is going to have to come from the ground up to strengthen social cohesion, civic participation, and our ability to solve big challenges together.

An Interview with Executive Director Maurice “Mo” Green

Posted by Peter Panepento on October 26, 2017

The National Center for Family Philanthropy recently spoke with Maurice “Mo” Green to learn more about how he has approached his role as the Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

6 Ideas to Inspire a Foundation Legacy Video

Posted by Debbie Brodsky on October 24, 2017

Ken Burns and Cokie Roberts said it best at the NCFP opening plenary – “It makes it more meaningful to carry on the legacy of the family when you know those family stories.” It was the perfect lead-in to our session on Preserving Donor and Family Legacy: New Tools and Techniques.

Shh…Be Quiet and Listen

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on October 20, 2017

If there’s one thing I’m hearing in sessions and social hours at NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Forum, it’s about how important it is in family philanthropy to listen.

At the Forum, Exploring Our Past to Improve Our Future

Posted by Peter Panepento on October 19, 2017

No matter their mission, family foundations exist to create a better future. But their vision for the future is often shaped by the past — by the triumphs and tragedies of their founders and the subsequent experiences of the generations that follow them.

The Hewlett Foundation Program Officer Term Limits

Posted by Helena Choi on October 12, 2017

The Hewlett Foundation is pretty unique among foundations to set term limits for program staff. Many worry this system creates uncertainty for grantees or loss of institutional knowledge. But I’m convinced that term limits are absolutely great for everyone involved: the person leaving, the foundation, the grantees, and the broader field.

Adaptive Leadership as a Reflective Practice

Posted by Caroline Williamson and Jan Jaffe on October 10, 2017

I wanted to explore whether philanthropy practitioners have used adaptive leadership as a form of reflective practice. The B. Robert Williamson Jr. Foundation funds these programs and I wanted to learn how this foundation came to support a form of reflective practice as capacity building. That’s how I began my conversation with the foundation’s Executive Director, Caroline Williamson.

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