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10 general guidelines for greater foundation transparency

Posted by Rick Cohen on December 15, 2014

Given the immense diversity of foundations, it is a challenge to talk about any aspect of foundation behavior that goes beyond the minimum required in law and public policy to reach prescriptions for the behavior of foundations across the board. In truth, when discussions occur around issues of accountability, transparency, and disclosure, despite some 100,000 extant foundations, the conversation is implicitly about the larger, higher profile foundations, omitting scads of less visible philanthropic entities that in many communities constitute the philanthropic arena.

Increasing impact, while honoring donor intent: A Profile of the Hattie M. Strong Foundation

Posted by Darlene Siska on July 29, 2014

How does a foundation that prides itself on close personal contact with its beneficiaries over an 86-year history totally revamp, modernize, and streamline itself, all without losing its long-time connection with grantees and without losing sight of the founder’s original vision?...

Capacity building: The central role of general operating support

Posted on July 29, 2014

"Don't underestimate the real value of general operations grants as a simple but critical capacity-building strategy. Gen op grants are the trip-wire that triggers everything else that can happen to make improvements, and provide the flexibility within the agency to really have the dollars to allocate...

Transparency in family foundations: The strength of glass pockets

Posted on May 28, 2014

Family foundations, by their very nature, are complex. With significant involvement of family members on the board and sometimes in operations as well, there can be layers of generations, widely divergent views and the need to preserve positive family relationships.  This complexity is a challenge but...

Stone Soup: Community based advocacy at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Posted by Lauren Hasey Maher on February 26, 2014

A Conversation with Nancy Leonard, David Nee, and Carmen Siberon of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund on Community Based Advocacy Children and storytelling have always been at the heart of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. It is only fitting that one of their most successful...

#Family #Philanthropy and social media: A conversation with @KateWolford, president of @McKnightFdn

Posted by Kate Wolford on August 15, 2013

Thinking about entering the world of Twitter, but not sure whether it’s a good use of your time? Not sure what to tweet about, who to follow, or how to measure and maximize the value of your time spent on social media? In this month’s edition of Family Giving News, we’re delighted to share the...

Giving while living: Wallis Annenberg and Leonard Aube

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

Editor’s Note: The National Center is delighted to partner in 2013 with the Bridgespan Group to feature videos from its Conversations with Remarkable Givers series. For our May edition in this series, we share Bridgespan’s interview with Wallis Annenberg, board chair, and Leonard Aube, executive...

How do we help the leaders of our grantees find the peer support they need?

Posted by Pierce Family Foundation on April 15, 2013

JJ Hanley faced a situation well known to nonprofit executives: the number of volunteers that wanted to help was outstripping the agency’s capacity to manage them.  Operating with a small staff, volunteers were key to the success of JJ’s List – which connects people with disabilities with community...

Giving while living: Caroline Avery, The Durfee Foundation

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

Editor’s Note: The National Center is delighted to partner in 2013 with the Bridgespan Group to feature videos from its Conversations with Remarkable Givers series. For our March edition in this series, we share Bridgespan’s interview with Carrie Avery, president of The Durfee Foundation and board...

Conflicts of interest: Steering clear of potholes and other bumps in the road

Posted by Anne Etheridge on June 15, 2010

Most family foundations prefer to focus on the business of giving, without having to worry about tripping over the sometimes obscure rules and regulations that govern this work. But the fact is that family foundation boards need to be aware of potential potholes on the road named philanthropy....

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