Trends 2020: An Invitation from Ellie Frey Zagel

Posted by Eleonora Frey Zagel on March 19, 2019

This year, Ellie Frey Zagel is chairing the committee dedicated to producing Trends 2020, a follow-up to the 2015 survey. Trends 2020 includes new questions relevant to ongoing changes in the field including issues of equity, place-based giving, transparency, the role of the donor, and the question of spend down versus perpetuity.

Archiving and Preserving Your Family Legacy

Posted by Wil Weldon on March 18, 2019

We’ve recognized that many families have boxes full of old tapes, film reels, paper photographs, certificates, and letters, which tell the stories of our lives. Wil Weldon of Storied Legacy gives practical tips for family that want to preserve their legacies, but don't know where to start.

Amy’s Story: Using Privilege to Promote Equity

Posted by Amy Mandel on March 15, 2019

Amy Mandel of the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund shares how her experiences have shaped her giving and how pausing to reflect on your philanthropic and programmatic offerings can be extremely rewarding. Amy's parents, Barbara and Mort Mandel, directed funds for their children to use philanthropically.

Funders - Take a Tip from Michelangelo

Posted by Elyse C. Pollick Byrnes on March 12, 2019

Evaluation. Learning. Collective Impact. Outcomes. Change. If you live in Foundation Land, chances are you’ve probably heard these words on more than one occasion, probably from your boss or your board (or both!). How does quantifying specific outcomes and indicators affect grantmaking?

Putting the Fun Back into Family Foundation Meetings

Posted by Bobbi Hapgood on March 7, 2019

How do you put the fun and meaningfulness back into the foundation meetings and get everyone effectively engaged? Nonprofit strategist and family foundation board member Bobbi Hapgood invites you to a networking group on putting the fun into foundation.

Transparency Case Study: Tracy Family Foundation

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on February 28, 2019

What choices do family foundations and funds have when it comes to transparency? NCFP's new guide, "Transparency in Family Philanthropy: Opening to the Possibilities," features a collection of five diverse funder stories exploring different takes on how families think about and act on transparency—and what they have learned as a result.

News and Notes from NCFP's Friends of the Family Network

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 28, 2019

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Russell Family Foundation; Mathile Family Foundation; Walton Family Foundation and others.

Six Questions Every Family With Philanthropic Interests Should Ask

Posted by Devin DeCiantis, Neus Feliu, Ph.D. and Wendy R. Ulaszek, Ph.D. on February 27, 2019

This list of questions is for families to ask when first exploring the possibility of a common philanthropic project. These can be addressed through personal reflection, a facilitated family workshop, or a dedicated family task force.

Philanthropy Amplified: Four Lessons from One Foundation’s Innovation Prize

Posted by J.M. Kaplan Fund on February 25, 2019

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is a model for rewarding creativity, inclusivity and innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis: An Interview with Mott Foundation’s Ridgway White

Posted by Robert G. Ottenhoff and Ridgway White on February 21, 2019

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s decisive role in working to alleviate the Flint water crisis serves as a model of foundation leadership after a catastrophic event. Though Flint’s disaster was man-made, there are lessons in rapid response, collaboration and visionary grantmaking that are relevant to funders of all types of disasters.

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