Posts by Kevin Laskowski

How to create and make the most out of our foundation's mission statement?

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on January 21, 2014

We have received inquiries from many family foundations who are trying to craft a mission statement for the first time or are re-imagining their current mission.  This Ask the Center is excerpted from a 2007 piece written by Kevin Laskowksi “Where We Go From Here: Crafting a Family Mission Statement”....

Igniting the spark, part II: How do next gen boards work and how do we create one?

Posted by Kevin Laskowski , Katie Marcus Reker and Annie Hernandez on July 15, 2013

Part 2 of 2 The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards.”    Giving families...

Igniting the Spark: What Is a Next Gen Board and Why Do Family Foundations Use Them?

Posted by Kevin Laskowski , Katie Marcus Reker and Annie Hernandez on June 15, 2013

By Kevin Laskowski, Annie Hernandez, and Katie Marcus Reker Part 1 of 2 The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating...

Families Making Good On Philanthropy's Promise

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on August 15, 2011

Editor’s note: In this edition of Family Giving News, we’re pleased to showcase the new Philanthropy’s Promise campaign, sponsored by our colleagues at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Former FGN editor Kevin Laskowski, currently serving as research and policy associate at NCRP,...

What is the value of philanthropy? Notes from the September 2008 symposium

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on October 24, 2008

More than 100 of the nation’s leading thinkers and practitioners in philanthropy gathered in Washington, DC last month to discuss the question: what is the unique value of family in philanthropy? Organized by the National Center for Family Philanthropy and held at the Henry J. Kaiser Family...

Five questions for effectiveness

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on September 15, 2008

A new survey by the National Center for Family Philanthropy has concluded that most family foundations are conscientious guardians of charitable legacies. They observe high ethical standards of grantmaking practices, including fiscal oversight and accountability. Are you among them?...

Giving in tough times

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on June 15, 2008

The American economy is being buffeted by rising food and energy prices, housing foreclosures, a credit crunch, and falling stock prices. Nonprofits are caught between two crosswinds: surging community needs and a drop in donations from individual givers—the main source of nonprofit revenue....

Perpetuity is a long time

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on May 15, 2008

At this month’s Council on Foundations Philanthropy Summit, foundation representatives from around the world gathered to discuss of one of the hottest emerging issues in family philanthropy: the question of perpetuity. “For most of the history of private foundations, perpetuity was not a much discussed...

Strategic giving: A balancing act

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on April 15, 2008

Giving families walk a fine line balancing social impact and family unity. With scarce resources and great needs, many families want every grant to have the most impact possible. At the same time, they are collectively engaged in a family enterprise whose members often have diverse interests, live in...

Families on the hill

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on March 15, 2008

At a time of great media and regulatory scrutiny of the philanthropic sector, 300 foundation representatives from 35 states and the District of Columbia took the time to gather in Washington, DC earlier this month for the 14th annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Organized by the Council on...

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