Another World is Possible: A Vision of Putting Philanthropy Out of Business

Posted by Farhad Ebrahimi on November 22, 2017

Even when we aspire to fund the right things, the ways in which we provide that funding run the risk of undermining the transformative potential of such work. As funders, we desperately need to learn how to let go and get out of the way.

Can We Agree on This Simple Definition of Equity?

Posted by Vu Le on November 20, 2017

Equity has been like coconut water. It’s all over the place. It’s flavored with pineapple, sometimes with chocolate. Everyone is drinking Equity; it’s on websites, in conference themes, and in those “word-cloud” thingies. Given how pervasive it is, it’s weird that we don’t seem to have a common, universally-accepted definition for it.

Why Support for Long-term Harvey Recovery is So Vital

Posted by Robert G. Ottenhoff on November 17, 2017

For every day of immediate relief, there are at least ten days required for mid-term recovery and at least 100 days for long-term recovery. Based on that estimate, people will be recovering from hurricane Harvey for at least three years and probably longer.

Millennials Can Change Family Foundations

Posted by Mark C. Callaway on November 14, 2017

"As a father and a trustee, it is important to me that I understand the millennial perspective. I spend a lot of time following the latest research on millennial beliefs and behaviors because I want to understand how specifically those beliefs impact their philanthropy, investments, and approach to being good citizens."

Foundations Must Speak Up About the Poor and Vulnerable Who Will Be Hurt by GOP Tax Plan

Posted by Claudia Herrold and John Mullaney on November 8, 2017

Too often, people in Washington have the impression that philanthropy can step in to make up for the loss of federal revenue that will occur when steep tax cuts are enacted. We in philanthropy know this is a fallacy of supreme proportions.

10 Habits of a Healthy Family Culture

Posted by Courtney Pullen on November 7, 2017

For many, living a rich life includes a rich family life that involves connection, sharing, closeness, and love. Yet achieving that is much easier said than done. How can we intentionally create a healthy family culture? What are some of its characteristics?

How Do You Create A Family Foundation?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on November 2, 2017

A former employer of mine has reached out and asked me to help him set up a new family foundation. Prior to now he has been giving around the kitchen table and now he would like to engage his family in a more formal way by possibly creating a family foundation. Can NCFP help us with this journey we are about to begin?

News and notes from NCFP's Friends of the Family network

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on November 1, 2017

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Durfee Foundation; The Sobrato Family Foundation; Perrin Family Foundation; The Clowes Fund and the Springs Close Foundation.

America Needs Big Ideas to Heal Our Divides: Here are Three

Posted by Robert Putnam and John Bridgeland on October 31, 2017

A wealth of studies shows links between civic health and economic and educational success, public health, safety from crime, and good government...Civic energy is going to have to come from the ground up to strengthen social cohesion, civic participation, and our ability to solve big challenges together.

An Interview with Executive Director Maurice “Mo” Green

Posted by Peter Panepento on October 26, 2017

The National Center for Family Philanthropy recently spoke with Maurice “Mo” Green to learn more about how he has approached his role as the Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

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