Voices from the Field Posts

Blockchain Explained: Risks And Opportunities For Philanthropy

Posted by Nick Hamlin on February 20, 2018

Blockchain for philanthropy comes with risks and opportunities. Nick Hamlin of GlobalGiving explains its technical, social, and ethical implications.

Successful Generations Podcast: Raising Kids with Generous Genes

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel and Susan Crites Price on February 16, 2018

In this episode, Susan and I discuss when to start engaging little ones in giving, family volunteering, role modeling, helping children find their philanthropic voice and much more!

How to Walk the Talk When You’re Walking with Others

Posted by Victor Gongora on February 14, 2018

PEAK Grantmaking has been taking a look at how grantmakers can better align their grantmaking practices to their values through our Walk the Talk initiative.

Grantee Inspired Giving: The Case for Unorthodox Philanthropy

Posted by Rachel Ogorek on February 12, 2018

NCFP’s 2015 Trends study found that more than 90% of respondents cited the “impact of their giving” as a top motivation for participation in family philanthropy. Clearly, funders want to know that the resources they provide are addressing the issues they support. However, accurately assessing the impact of your philanthropic capital can be difficult.

Opening the Door: Is There Any Good Reason Not to Accept Proposals?

Posted by Tate Williams on February 8, 2018

When you look at the common reasons foundations give for not taking applications, they kind of fall apart. At the end of the day, it really just comes down to a choice—a barrier intentionally placed between tax-subsidized wealth, and the public that it’s legally required to benefit.

Efficient Assumptions

Posted by Lenore Hanisch on February 5, 2018

In this piece, Lenore Hanisch explores how the assumptions we make about wealth, race, gender, and family can inhibit our ability to do the work we set out to do, including connecting with others who share our vision of resourcing positive change.

Standing Together: Exciting Ways Family Philanthropy Can Come Together in 2018

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on January 30, 2018

2017 was a challenging and frustrating year for many of us who work in family philanthropy. The nation’s political climate—characterized by intense partisan polarization and accompanied by a parade of troublesome public policy changes—has undone years of hard work and placed new burdens on the nonprofits we support and the communities we serve.

How The Raskob Foundation Values Family: A Recap of the NCFP Webinar Valuing the Family in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on January 23, 2018

How do family foundations keep the focus on family in their philanthropy? In a January webinar, three family foundation colleagues from multiple generations joined NCFP’s president Ginny Esposito to talk about families large and small, and the shared values that hold them together over time.

The Power of a Peer Network

Posted by Kylie Musolf on January 22, 2018

In the lives of young people, peers play a unique role in the development of habits, skills, and beliefs. But how do you connect with, and leverage, the right peer group?

Balancing Privilege and Responsibility

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel on January 18, 2018

Balancing privilege with responsibility is no small feat. And then, after you miraculously have figured it out for yourself, how do you pass this wisdom down to your next generation?

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