Posts tagged to 'Mission and values'

Four lessons for effectively engaging youth

Posted by Daniel Horgan on April 22, 2015

I remember my first summer volunteering at the age of 12 for my local YMCA summer camp. Being the youngest of three and seeing my older siblings head off to work each day as camp counselors, I was determined to get in on the action and not be left at home alone. I managed to convince the camp director to let me join the team as a volunteer that supported activities for the 6 year olds. That experience, coupled with many others including serving as a youth representative on a national board and launching a nonprofit at the age of 18, opened my eyes to a number of key lessons on how to effectively engage youth as volunteers, partners, and problem solvers.

Generation Z giving: Philanthropy goes digital

Posted by Susan Crites Price on March 25, 2015

Philanthropy for Generation Z–high school age and younger—is very different from that of previous generations. They won’t be confined to sharing their time, talent, and treasure. Now there’s a fourth T—ties. And along with their ability to connect with peers at home and around the world, they can do it wherever they are. No desk top computers for the “Always On” generation. With smart phones, these kids have the Internet in the palms of their hands—or screens in their jeans, as one wag put it.

Family-ness: A clunky word that says it all

Posted by Phillip Henderson on March 25, 2015

Surdna is a family foundation. A simple statement, but one that carries deep meaning for us -- meaning that shapes much of what we do. At our most recent board meeting, we continued our examination of potential changes to the way we invest our endowment, we discussed some important modifications to the role of the board in our grantmaking process, and we breathed new life into a conversation between Surdna and the Andrus Family Fund, a grantmaking fund we created just over 15 years ago.

I am Family Philanthropy: Chris & Sarah Miller

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on March 25, 2015

Every day we see committed and generous families making positive impacts on the communities and issues they serve. We want to share their stories and are delighted to announce our new I Am Family Philanthropy video series. Each month, we will share a new compelling profile in their own words. In this month's video, we are delighted to feature NCFP Board member Sarah K. Miller and her husband Chris Miller of the RGK Foundation.

Establishing a Day of Caring to build engagement

Posted by Bryn Mars on March 25, 2015

One of the hardest things for any family, but especially a family of wealth, to accomplish is engaging multiple generations in a meaningful way. I’m convinced that one of the best ways to do that is through shared Philanthropy.

Family Philanthropy through Community Foundations: A special new initiative

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 25, 2015

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is excited to announce a new initiative focused on supporting families giving through community foundations. Grants from The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Lilly Endowment are helping to launch the new project, having each awarded NCFP new grants to develop programming and resources to meet the needs of donor families working with community foundations as their giving partner.

I am Family Philanthropy: Carmen Castellano and Carmela Castellano-Garcia

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 25, 2015

Every day we see committed and generous families making positive impacts on the communities and issues they serve. We want to share their stories and are delighted to announce our new I Am Family Philanthropy video series. Each month, we will share a new compelling profile in their own words. In this month's video, we are delighted to share the dynamic mother-and-daughter tandem of Carmen Castellano and Carmela Castellano-Garcia of the Castellano Family Foundation.

I Am Family Philanthropy: Shirley Fredricks, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 29, 2015

Everyday we see committed and generous families making positive impacts on the communities and issues they serve. We want to share their stories and are delighted to announce our new I Am Family Philanthropy video series. Each month, we will share a new compelling profile in their own words. In this inaugural video, we feature NCFP founding board member Shirley Fredricks of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation.

How to create and make the most out of our foundation's mission statement?

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on January 21, 2014

We have received inquiries from many family foundations who are trying to craft a mission statement for the first time or are re-imagining their current mission.  This Ask the Center is excerpted from a 2007 piece written by Kevin Laskowksi “Where We Go From Here: Crafting a Family Mission Statement”....

Giving while living: Melinda Gates

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: The National Center has been delighted to partner in 2013 with the Bridgespan Group to share videos from its Conversations with Remarkable Givers series. In this month’s installment, our final in this series, we feature Bridgespan’s interview with Melinda Gatesh, board member and guiding...

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