Posts by Kylie Musolf

4 Next Gen Engagement Tips from Ellie Frey Zagel

Posted by Kylie Musolf on November 30, 2017

At the 2017 National Forum on Family Philanthropy, Ellie Frey Zagel described herself as “the next gen of your nightmares: one who said she’d never return to live in the community where her family’s foundation was based.”

The Final Bells Have Rung, but Philanthropy is Always in Session

Posted by Kylie Musolf and Rachel Ogorek on June 28, 2017

School is out and summer has officially begun. It's every parent's annual conundrum: what are we going to do this summer? Swim lessons? Summer camp? A visit to grandma's house?

Going on Your First Site Visit? 3 Tools for Success

Posted by Kylie Musolf on May 15, 2017

Nothing beats getting to know your partners and their work up close, and having the opportunity to work together in the community.

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?

Snow Day Survival Guide

Posted by Kylie Musolf and Rachel Ogorek on December 14, 2016

So you’re cooped up in the house for the day. You may be tempted to hand over the internet-enabled devices to keep your kids out of your hair for a few hours. You could do that, or you could check out this guide for simple activities to help your kids practice generosity.

Getting Back to the Basics: Lessons from Youth Giving

Posted by Kylie Musolf on November 21, 2016

Confession: I thought I knew everything there was to know about youth in philanthropy.

Update: Does NCFP have any recommendations for grants management software? Are there any that specifically help family foundations?

Posted by Rachel Ogorek and Kylie Musolf on October 26, 2016

There are so many grant management software options to choose from, so we compiled a list. We reached out to each of these companies and they sent us a brief description of the technology they offer to their clients.

Community Foundations: Your First Stop When Shopping for a New Donor-Advised Fund?

Posted by Mark Neithercut and Kylie Musolf on September 15, 2016

Once a donor has decided that a DAF is the right giving vehicle, she has to make a very important decision: where is she going to house her fund? Mark Neithercut, a donor and philanthropic advisor with offices in Traverse City and Chicago, shares four reasons why he chose to house his DAF in his local community foundation.

From Syria to San Diego: The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation Junior Board Grants $10,000 to Refugee Resettlement

Posted by Kylie Musolf and Lisa Parker on September 9, 2016

A simple internet search for “Syrian refugees” yields millions of results— a testament to how much press coverage and national attention the impact of Syria’s civil war has received in the United States. Lisa Parker, the president of LWFF, saw it as an opportunity for herself and her family to learn about the experiences of refugees when they come to the US.

Do you have any ideas for a brief fun activity to begin a workshop?

Posted by Kylie Musolf on September 8, 2016

I’m glad you reached out to ask about family activities. Some people hate icebreakers, but I am so not one of them!

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