Posts tagged to 'Donor intent and legacy statements'
on October 28, 2015
On October 14, 2015 at the National Forum on Family Philanthropy in Seattle, WA, Larry Stifler and Mary McFadden, founders of the Stifler Family Foundation, reflect on how their past opportunities influenced their generous giving now. Listen to their story here and follow the National Center for Family Philanthropy on StoryCorps.me.
by Kathleen Odne
, Karen Green
and Jenifer Getz
on October 28, 2015
A sure-fire indicator that we all make mistakes was the capacity crowd at the National Forum on Family Philanthropy workshop in Seattle entitled, “The Best Mistakes We Ever Made.” Using a rapid-fire format, each of ten speakers took three minutes to share a mistake they made in their family philanthropy experience. To set the context, each speaker explained the goal and framework by responding to, “What were you trying to do”? Next they explained, “What happened that was unexpected – in other words, what went wrong?” Finally, and most importantly, we asked the mistake-makers to share, “What did you learn from your mistake?” In other words, how did the foundation changes its practices as a result?
by Virginia Esposito
on September 24, 2015
One of my favorite NCFP publication titles, Grace, Gratitude and Generosity, was used for our Faith and Family Philanthropy journal more than a dozen years ago. When we used it, inspired by one of the Journal’s authors, I felt it had meaning far beyond that one publication; I still do today.
by Paul Shoemaker
on September 24, 2015
"I can’t not do this. It’s not that I can do this, it’s that I can’t not. I don’t have time to not make an impact. I could not imagine not..."
I don’t remember the ﬁrst time I heard someone use one of these grammatically incorrect phrases. But I hear these statements consistently, to this day, from educated and literate people. I know you have heard of “can-do” people, they are eager and willing, we admire them and hope our children become like them when they grow up. But the regular heroes you will meet in this book go way beyond can-do, they can’t not do.
by Elaine Gast Fawcett
on August 25, 2015
An influx of assets is a powerful transition point in your family’s philanthropy. With rising resources comes the budding potential to do more of what you’re already doing – or, perhaps, to try something new. Either way, additional resources will often provide your foundation with new options for making a difference according to your foundation’s mission.
by Ike Leighty
on July 23, 2015
“Setting up a foundation is like catching a porcupine. You throw a horse tub over it, then you’ve got something to sit on while you figure out what to do next.”
-- H.D. (Ike) Leighty, Founder, The Leighty Foundation
This month we are delighted to feature a question recently asked in our May webinar, Balancing internal vs. external missions in family philanthropy. This in-depth conversation on successful strategies for thoughtfully defining, measuring, and tracking both internal and external missions in family foundation features Julie Fisher Cummings and Doug Bitonti Stewart from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and Linda Tracy from the Tracy Family Foundation.
"Be flexible, and understand that your kids' participation must be voluntary in order for it to be positive, because you want it to be a good experience for them. If they get to the point where they feel it's an obligation and it's getting in the way of other things in their lives they need to be...
by Julia Kittross
on August 18, 2014
There are two vehicles that most donors consider when they are interested in involving their families in shared, multi-generational philanthropy: establishing a donor advised fund or creating a private foundation. This article introduces the key questions donors should ask when choosing between these two common options.
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by Audrey Jacobs
on June 22, 2014
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to think about what makes family philanthropy so special. I attended the inaugural National Forum on Family Philanthropy and came away with a deeper understanding of the importance of family and philanthropy.
I understood more than ever that family philanthropy...