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The Link Between Transparency, Privilege, and Power in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on October 29, 2018

What choices do family foundations and funds have when it comes to transparency? And what approaches are families taking when it comes to managing transparency, communications, and privacy?

The Lasting Value of Transparency

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on January 25, 2018

Transparency enhances our ability to learn, to lead, to reach consensus, and even agree to disagree. That’s because adopting a mindset of transparency encourages deeper participation and helps us stay focused on our mission. As a result, we tend to be more successful and satisfied working together because we know more about what’s going on.

2017: A Landmark Year for Family Philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 15, 2017

The start of a new year always inspires me to reflect on the blessings we’ve enjoyed and challenges we’ve faced together — and to think about the amazing opportunities that lie ahead for our field.

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.

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