Voices from the Field Posts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 passion for philanthropy is a gift that can be passed down through generations.
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.
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?
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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?