Voices from the Field Posts

Three Things That Local Organizations Know But Foundations Often Miss

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on August 15, 2017

These aren’t aspects of success that you can measure with metrics or data, and they are things that many funders often either take for granted or completely overlook. Yet, when they are present, they make a night-and-day difference in effectiveness.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? When Family Philanthropy Interests Diverge

Posted by Richard Marker on August 10, 2017

It need not be said that families are complex and relationships, between and within generations, reflect that complexity. Every decision that has to be made is loaded because every one is personal.

3 Reasons Why Impact Investing Works for Our Family

Posted by Simone Friedman on August 8, 2017

Instead of aligning all of our foundation’s investments with our mission, we have carved out a small portion of the corpus of one of the foundations under the EJF Philanthropies umbrella. By setting aside this portion, we have not had to put a large amount of money to work.

Invite Generations to Join in Family Giving

Posted by Dawn Franks on August 3, 2017

Family foundations are legally organized entities with specific rules, requirements and obligations. They have a board of directors commonly made up of family members. They are most often established in perpetuity, creating the eventual challenge of when and how to involve the next generation.

Focused Mission Statements Help Donors Decide Where to Direct Their Money

Posted by Bruce DeBoskey on July 27, 2017

Creation of a good mission statement is a worthwhile endeavor. It involves and educates current and future stakeholders, enforces focus, clarifies decision-making, and provides valuable information to nonprofits and other donors alike.

7 Tips for Creating a Donor Legacy Video

Posted by Kelly Medinger on July 25, 2017

A couple years ago I realized the Knott Foundation was approaching 40 years as a Catholic family foundation! The time was ripe to pause, reflect on our work, and find ways to commemorate the Foundation. Enter the idea of creating a donor legacy video.

Time Horizon for Family Foundations: It’s Complicated

Posted by Mollie Bunis on July 20, 2017

In the unique context of family philanthropy, decisions related to time horizon are rarely as simple as an investment strategy decision.

What We Mean by Equity at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Posted by David Addams on July 17, 2017

Acknowledging that we are not living in a post-racist or post-poverty environment and learning how and why these issues exist today and continue to interfere with the fulfillment of human potential is a fundamentally key and critical part of the work that we are doing in this exploratory period of our work.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Generational Differences in Family Philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 11, 2017

Griping about generational differences has almost overtaken baseball as America's favorite pastime. At least, it can certainly feel that way!

Why Families Should Start Thinking About Mission-Related Investing

Posted by Stephanie Cohn-Rupp on July 7, 2017

Mission Investing has gained momentum, and has many families and foundations wondering if their assets are in support of the causes and issues that are the most meaningful to them.

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