How Can I Be 1% More?

Posted by June Wilson and Philanthropy Northwest on March 27, 2017

"I believe that Quixote Foundation’s reflective practices allowed us to hold multiple truths while engaging in internal and often uncomfortable racial equity training. Our ability to do this work at every level of the organization made a tremendous difference in our final year of grantmaking and grantee engagement."

Funding Community Innovation in Richmond, Virginia

Posted by Robert Dortch on March 23, 2017

We challenged the nonprofit community to think creatively and to take risks. We asked them to take a comprehensive, enduring approach — not a quick fix, but a long-term plan for effective and transformative change.

How to Create — and Re-Create — Your Family Foundation

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 20, 2017

Today marks the official launch of Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation. This new book, published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy, is an update to the popular, out-of-print 2002 first edition and includes advice from some of the field’s leading experts.

What is Overhead, Anyway?

Posted by Kylie Musolf on March 15, 2017

Overhead is one of the first concepts any philanthropist learns. It includes all of those administrative and fundraising costs that we secretly wish our nonprofit colleagues didn’t have to worry about. But what exactly is overhead, anyway?

"Change Happens at the Speed of Trust"

Posted by Patrick Troska on March 13, 2017

We knew we had to change the dynamic. We began by changing how we show up as individuals and as an institution.

Funders’ Role in Protecting Marginalized Communities During the Next Four Years

Posted by Vu Le on March 8, 2017

An insidious result of injustice is that it isolates us from one another, and it allows those of us not directly affected to intellectualize, to think about it in the abstract. To combat it, we must be intentional about listening to those most affected, and we must make time to reconnect with and recommit to one another, even before taking action.

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

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on March 2, 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 Surdna Foundation; The McKnight Foundation; Dyson Foundation; The Nord Family Foundation; and The Sobrato Family Foundation.

Transparency, Privacy, and Trust: Finding Balance for Family Foundations

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on February 27, 2017

As a group, family philanthropies put a lot of energy into connecting with our constituents. We do this joyfully because we know that strong, trusting relationships are vital to our success and the communities we serve.

Donor Collaboratives: Maximizing Your Philanthropic Impact

Posted by Rachel Ogorek on February 22, 2017

NCFP’s 2015 Trends in Family Philanthropy study found that more than 90 percent of respondents cited the “impact of their giving” as the top motivation for their participation in family philanthropy. This same study found that just 45 percent of family foundations participate in efforts with other funders. If grant makers are interested in increasing the impact of their giving, they should give serious consideration to participating in a donor collaborative.

Extending the Invitation: Non-Family Junior Board Members

Posted by Sahar Afrakhan on February 16, 2017

My friends who’ve inherited philanthropy as part of their family life have an amazing opportunity, but there’s little effort to extend an invitation outward. If we can involve our youth, then what’s stopping us?

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