Voices from the Field Posts

Four Questions for Nonprofit and Foundation Boards to Protect Their Organizations

Posted by Anne Wallestad and Aaron Dorfman on October 15, 2018

The board’s role in CEO oversight is not a straightforward or easy role to play, but it is an absolutely critical one.

Census 2020: Five Strategies for Family Foundations Seeking to Help Ensure an Accurate Count

Posted by Perla Ni on October 11, 2018

If you care about funding for your local community’s low-income housing, early-childhood education, healthcare and food stamps, few initiatives have as much impact on these services as the Census.

North Bay Fires: Five Lessons Learned

Posted by Elizabeth Brown on October 9, 2018

How can we replicate the outreach and support that was so easy to offer in urgent times to the more chronic challenges our communities face every day?

Binge Reading Takeaways: 8 Philanthropy Trends of Note

Posted by Richard Marker on October 4, 2018

After a binge reading marathon, some clear trends start to emerge. None of these trends will catch any of my philanthropy colleagues by surprise, but it is very striking to see them writ large, and often.

Podcast: 10 Things My Family Did to Engage Us in Philanthropy

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel on October 2, 2018

People always ask how our family got us involved in philanthropy. This podcast is dedicated to answering that question. Here are 10 things the Frey family did well and some of lessons learned.

Six Predictions for Family Philanthropy’s Future: Takeaways from NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Symposium Opening Plenary

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on September 27, 2018

What does the future of family philanthropy look like? At NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Symposium in San Francisco, 10 thought leaders attempted to answer this question.

Soliciting Grantee Feedback: A Benefit to Both Sides

Posted by Alexia Cameron on September 25, 2018

To best help the nonprofit organizations that we say we wish to serve, foundations must be prepared to invite open, honest feedback, consider it carefully, and then communicate findings and decisions back to the public.

Want Effective Capacity Building? Get Rid of the Incubation Mentality

Posted by Vu Le on September 20, 2018

The incubation mentality is the belief that effective nonprofits have to eventually “grow” out of whatever partnership they are in, whether it’s with a fiscal sponsor or a funding partner. It is a pervasive mentality, happening all across our sector, and it is downright harmful to our work.

Renovate Your Philanthropy

Posted by Marshall H. Ginn on September 18, 2018

In helping your nonprofit partners to “spruce up” their programs and operations, you are strengthening the investment you make as a donor. And in turn, it’s helping you to make an even deeper impact on the community.

Junior Board Organizes Community Meet and Greet

Posted by Ana Gonzalez on September 12, 2018

Their Junior Board had been doing collaborative grantmaking for two years, but the community didn’t know them very well. A "Meet and Greet" would be the perfect opportunity to let the world of philanthropy in Laredo gather on a larger scale.

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