Posts tagged to 'Motivations for giving'

The Andrus Family Fund: Weaving a rich tapestry of youth philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 23, 2015

Editor's note: This month's article features NCFP and Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Connect's Igniting the Spark: Examples of Next Gen Engagement Strategies case study on the Andrus Family Fund.

Narrow and Deep

Posted by Jay Ruderman on June 25, 2015

I was once told that “when you’ve seen one foundation, you’ve seen one foundation.” Every foundation, public or private, is different. Each foundation is passionate about the issues they support but the way they “do business” differs vastly. Some foundations solicit applications, distribute funds and this is the extent of their involvement. Others are very private about their funding while some are very public. Since I became President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, I have pursued a path of going “narrow and deep” for the main issue we advocate for: the inclusion of people with disabilities in our society. Twenty percent of the U.S. population has some form of disability and it’s the only minority group almost all of us are guaranteed of joining at some point in our lives...

Why is it important to have an internal mission that is separate and distinct from an external mission?

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.

I am Family Philanthropy: William Graustein

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on May 27, 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 reflections of William Graustein of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.

Giving to Nepal Earthquake Response? Take Three Long Breaths

Posted by Karen Keating Ansara on May 27, 2015

With today’s news of the horrific Nepal earthquake I am driven to take immediate action — to make an on-line donation or wire money to friends of friends in the dust-choked streets of Kathmandu and green pinnacles of rural Nepal. I am consumed with the grief of my many Nepali friends who are like family to me. But my experience of the Haiti earthquake response via the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation has taught me one paramount lesson: TAKE A BREATH. Unless I am physically on the scene, I imagine my Nepali friends with their contemplative souls would agree. Take a breath and assess...

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.

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.

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