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America Needs Big Ideas to Heal Our Divides: Here are Three

Posted by Robert Putnam and John Bridgeland on October 31, 2017

A wealth of studies shows links between civic health and economic and educational success, public health, safety from crime, and good government...Civic energy is going to have to come from the ground up to strengthen social cohesion, civic participation, and our ability to solve big challenges together.

An Interview with Executive Director Maurice “Mo” Green

Posted by Peter Panepento on October 26, 2017

The National Center for Family Philanthropy recently spoke with Maurice “Mo” Green to learn more about how he has approached his role as the Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Nurturing Relationships with Transparency

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on September 28, 2017

Transparency is a powerful force when used appropriately. The trick is deciding what is “appropriate” across a wide range of contacts and interactions. In our prior blog posts, we shared our experience cultivating transparency through the lens of finding balance and sharing knowledge. This time around, we want to concentrate on ways to harness transparency for mutual benefit.

Speech to United States Conference of Mayors

Posted by La June Montgomery Tabron on September 14, 2017

W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron delivered the following speech on The Kellogg Foundation’s framework for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT). This framework can help drive cities and communities forward and it will support the comprehensive equity agenda that the United States Conference of Mayors created.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy Celebrates 20 Years

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 11, 2017

Today marks the beginning of a year-long celebration —honoring not only NCFP’s 20th anniversary, but the amazing accomplishments of families like yours.

A Statement on Charlottesville by the Surdna Foundation

Posted by Phillip Henderson on August 29, 2017

This past year, we have seen political and social norms challenged and often trampled. We have struggled to keep our bearings and hold to our moral principles. As we have been inundated by the constant barrage of events, media firestorms, and tweets, a tragic and horrible day in Charlottesville provides a chilling moment of clarity and outrage.

Bringing Youth Philanthropy Home

Posted by Sammie Hozwarth on August 22, 2017

In 2015, Foundant partnered with Youth Philanthropy Connect on their trip across the United States as they hosted gatherings of youth philanthropists. This trip opened their eyes to the potential for success a program like this could have in their own community in Bozeman, Montana.

A Compass Only Works When You Trust It

Posted by Henry Berman on August 17, 2017

Like a compass, values guide us toward decisions that align with who we are. But a compass only works when you trust it. When you find yourself surrounded by disruptive activities, I encourage you to call on your values and find direction in them.

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.

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