Voices from the Field Posts

How Aggravating is Your Grantmaking Process? Use this Checklist to Find Out!

Posted by Vu Le on June 19, 2017

As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt. Let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat themselves unconscious. Funders: Please go through this list one item at a time and tally up your FLAIL points. Then have a conversation with your team about what things you can do to improve your score.

Why "Next-Gen" Misses the Point

Posted by Richard Marker on June 14, 2017

There is no one size fits all – about generations, enfranchisement, succession, or the dynamics that inform decisions. There are, though, methods to help make constructive decisions, and properly applied, can make all the difference.

Strategic Communications Implementation Timeline

Posted by Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation on June 12, 2017

As the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation matured, the board – composed of about half Donnelley family and half non-family members – realized that by not discussing the foundation’s work in a larger, more public way, might hinder our ability to serve the grantees, partners, and issues we are most concerned about.

Assessing Your Family Foundation’s Work

Posted by Peter Panepento on May 30, 2017

But while your family foundation isn’t ruled by the same market forces that helped your family accumulate its wealth, you will undoubtedly want to find out whether your work is making a difference and whether your organization is operating efficiently.

Letter to the Field: No Time for Business as Usual

Posted by Sharon Alpert on May 25, 2017

These are extraordinary times. For more than 25 years, Nathan Cummings Foundation’s mission has explicitly named a commitment to democratic values and social justice, supporting the most vulnerable, respecting diversity and promoting understanding across cultures, and empowering communities. Today, we are facing assaults on the values we hold dear.

Technology Implementation: Steps for Success

Posted by Foundant Technologies on May 11, 2017

The best software solution in the world won’t walk in the door and magically make you and your board use it.

A Family Tradition of Service and Philanthropy

Posted by Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln on April 25, 2017

A passion for philanthropy is a gift that can be passed down through generations.

8 Lessons From My Grandfather David Rockefeller

Posted by Adam Growald on April 21, 2017

The historical side of my grandfather’s story has been told in many different forms. This is my way of honoring him, by sharing some of the lessons I have learned from the example of his life and death.

Family Story and Philanthropy: A Connection That Can Shape Lifelong Giving

Posted by Heidi Druckemiller and Stephen Chambers on April 14, 2017

A family’s story can have a profound impact on philanthropy. Often, however, there are gaps, inconsistencies, or contradictions in the story that can prompt questions. Did things really happen that way? Why were those decisions made? And, perhaps most importantly, what does it all mean?

Nurturing Lifelong Philanthropy: Inspiring Youth to Share Their Time, Talent, and Treasure

Posted by Jill Gordon on April 11, 2017

Let's take a moment to think about who introduced philanthropic behaviors in your life. Who inspired you to GIVE your time and help others? When did you begin to SERVE those around you? Why are you still ENGAGED in helping youth succeed?

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