Posts tagged to 'Mission and values'

The educational foundation of America

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 15, 2008

Many foundation investment advisors contend it’s best to keep the investment side and the grantmaking side of philanthropy separate. “I hear it all the time,” says John Powers, a board member of the Educational Foundation of America (EFA), a family foundation based in Westport, Connecticut....

The Harman Family Foundation: Learning Leads to Focus

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 15, 2007

Wellesley College Professor of English Barbara Harman awaited the release of her book The Feminine Political Novel in Victorian England. The year was 1998, and when it arrived, after 10 long years of research and writing, she experienced something she assumes many authors discover upon the publication...

Mapping change: Discovering your giving niche

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on March 15, 2007

Effective and meaningful family philanthropy channels a family’s passions, interests, beliefs, values, and resources for a social good. Maintaining this delicate balance between private values and public virtue can position giving families for their most inspiring and innovative grants, but it also...

Where we go from here: Crafting a family mission statement

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on February 15, 2007

` Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ [asked Alice]. `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.`I don’t much care where–’ said Alice.`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Unlike the...

Faith, Wealth, and Philanthropy: Navigating Uncharted Waters

Posted by David G. Trickett on October 15, 2004

Why do so many kinds of barriers keep people apart? Take your pick; it might be race, class, faith, profession, or educational pedigree, to name but a few. I learned nearly 50 years ago, in grade school, that these barriers—many of which we, or our ancestors, have created— foster a feeling of...

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