Voices from the Field Posts

Arriving at 100 Percent for Mission. Now What?

Posted by Clara Miller on April 16, 2019

Our mission at the Heron Foundation is to help people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Back in 2012, we... decided to invest 100 percent of our endowment towards fulfilling our mission, by fiscal year end 2017… We achieved that goal on December 21, 2016. Now, shouldn’t we be relaxing a bit? Well, of course not.

Our Favorite Foundation Board Meeting Traditions

Posted by Prentice Zinn on April 10, 2019

Familiar opening and closing traditions can foster better board meetings. Traditions are an important ingredient of a healthy organizational culture. Our favorite foundation meetings balance the often hurried and transactional work of governance with small traditions at each board meeting. Traditions promote a sense of identity and connection.

Measuring Nonprofit Outcomes and Progress: What Data Should You Collect?

Posted by Bernadette Wright on April 8, 2019

How do you decide what data to collect to track your outcomes and progress? Bernadette Wright gives practical tips for nonprofits to collect data that will measure their outcomes—advice that is completely applicable to giving families measuring their philanthropic impact.

Be the Architect of Your Family's Story

Posted by Bill Leighty, Jen Crino and Hiba Seager on April 4, 2019

NCFP recently spoke with Bill Leighty about how he’s helped keep the Leighty Foundation’s memories alive by recording its history. While many foundations use external production companies, Bill created his family’s legacy videos himself—using his own technological know-how, video equipment, and dedication. Learn how you can capture your family's story!

Building an Economy for All: How Philanthropic Families Can Help

Posted by Kate McAdams and Cyrus Kharas on March 27, 2019

Providing equitable access to the capital entrepreneurs need to build their businesses is essential to creating a just society and to realizing our full economic potential. Unfortunately, a growing body of research shows that deeply embedded biases currently restrict access to capital for businesses led by women and people of color.

Archiving and Preserving Your Family Legacy

Posted by Wil Weldon on March 18, 2019

We’ve recognized that many families have boxes full of old tapes, film reels, paper photographs, certificates, and letters, which tell the stories of our lives. Wil Weldon of Storied Legacy gives practical tips for family that want to preserve their legacies, but don't know where to start.

Amy’s Story: Using Privilege to Promote Equity

Posted by Amy Mandel on March 15, 2019

Amy Mandel of the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund shares how her experiences have shaped her giving and how pausing to reflect on your philanthropic and programmatic offerings can be extremely rewarding. Amy's parents, Barbara and Mort Mandel, directed funds for their children to use philanthropically.

Funders - Take a Tip from Michelangelo

Posted by Elyse C. Pollick Byrnes on March 12, 2019

Evaluation. Learning. Collective Impact. Outcomes. Change. If you live in Foundation Land, chances are you’ve probably heard these words on more than one occasion, probably from your boss or your board (or both!). How does quantifying specific outcomes and indicators affect grantmaking?

Putting the Fun Back into Family Foundation Meetings

Posted by Bobbi Hapgood on March 7, 2019

How do you put the fun and meaningfulness back into the foundation meetings and get everyone effectively engaged? Nonprofit strategist and family foundation board member Bobbi Hapgood invites you to a networking group on putting the fun into foundation.

Six Questions Every Family With Philanthropic Interests Should Ask

Posted by Neus Feliu, Ph.D., Wendy R. Ulaszek, Ph.D. and Devin DeCiantis on February 27, 2019

This list of questions is for families to ask when first exploring the possibility of a common philanthropic project. These can be addressed through personal reflection, a facilitated family workshop, or a dedicated family task force.

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