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Uncovering the Layers of Unconscious Bias is the Journey of a Lifetime

Posted by June Wilson on June 21, 2017

In this piece, June Wilson, Executive Director emeritus of the Quixote Foundation, reflects on the value of uncovering and examining unconscious bias, shining the light on how other funders can do the same.

When it Comes to Perpetuity, Find Your Own Path

Posted by June Wilson and Lenore Hanisch on May 18, 2017

Foundations’ decisions about their lifespan should not be guided by concerns about doing it right or doing it wrong; their decisions should be guided by the unique circumstances and vision of each foundation.

Listen for Good (L4G) with Fund for Shared Insight

Posted by Fund for Shared Insight on May 4, 2017

Do you have a grantee interested in feedback loops? If so, check out the Listen for Good initiative from the Fund for Shared Insight. Funders are also able to nominate their grantees.

Practicing Transparency for Discovery and Learning

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

For us, transparency is as much about discovery as disclosure.

Lessons from Family Philanthropy: Rockefeller Brothers Fund at 75

Posted by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Barbara Shubinski on March 30, 2017

Launching family foundations is often the expression of donors’ desires to establish a lasting legacy and to instill in future generations the importance of giving. But family foundations face certain common pitfalls as well. The RBF is often held up as an example of a family foundation that has weathered these storms successfully. How might the ingredients of its success be described? What lessons can it offer?

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.

Exhibit in Review: Giving in America

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

Last December, NCFP’s staff ventured out to explore the Giving in America exhibit at the Smithsonian National American History Museum in Washington, D.C. Here are our takeaways.

Family Foundations and Strategic Philanthropy: The Goradia Family's Process

Posted by Sapphira Goradia on October 21, 2016

Tasked with the responsibility of creating a strategic focus for the foundation, I realized that I had to take a step back and understand how my family’s values and beliefs informed their philanthropy.

It’s Time for Grantmakers to Embrace Failure

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on October 5, 2016

Philanthropy often encourages grantees to take risks, to be innovative, to find new solutions to old problems. Indeed, many refer to philanthropy as “risk capital,” providing funding that can help society create innovative, new models for addressing the world’s most intractable social issues. But risk and innovation often bring an uncomfortable consequence: failure.

Gratitude and humility in philanthropy; from a story, to a value, to action

Posted by Douglas Bitonti Stewart and Julie Fisher Cummings on September 6, 2016

The importance of documenting the ethos of our founders is well known in family philanthropy. Authors and leaders throughout the field have published articles and tools (e.g. Grandparent Legacy Project) aimed to help families ask questions to elicit the core values of our founders. These values are the backbone of our work. And when we are able to connect our founders’ values to real-life stories, it can have a profound impact on our families and those we serve.

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