Voices from the Field Posts

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

More than a series of anecdotes or a family tree, a properly investigated and authentic family story can have a practical, wide-reaching impact.

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?

Can Structure Set You Free?

Posted by June Wilson and Lenore Hanisch on April 4, 2017

Whether your foundation is committed to operating in perpetuity, or you’re considering a strategic lifespan, does defining the parameters of your foundation’s activity restrict or liberate you?

How Can I Be 1% More?

Posted by June Wilson and Philanthropy Northwest on March 27, 2017

"I believe that Quixote Foundation’s reflective practices allowed us to hold multiple truths while engaging in internal and often uncomfortable racial equity training. Our ability to do this work at every level of the organization made a tremendous difference in our final year of grantmaking and grantee engagement."

Funding Community Innovation in Richmond, Virginia

Posted by Robert Dortch on March 23, 2017

We challenged the nonprofit community to think creatively and to take risks. We asked them to take a comprehensive, enduring approach — not a quick fix, but a long-term plan for effective and transformative change.

What is Overhead, Anyway?

Posted by Kylie Musolf on March 15, 2017

Overhead is one of the first concepts any philanthropist learns. It includes all of those administrative and fundraising costs that we secretly wish our nonprofit colleagues didn’t have to worry about. But what exactly is overhead, anyway?

"Change Happens at the Speed of Trust"

Posted by Patrick Troska on March 13, 2017

We knew we had to change the dynamic. We began by changing how we show up as individuals and as an institution.

Funders’ Role in Protecting Marginalized Communities During the Next Four Years

Posted by Vu Le on March 8, 2017

An insidious result of injustice is that it isolates us from one another, and it allows those of us not directly affected to intellectualize, to think about it in the abstract. To combat it, we must be intentional about listening to those most affected, and we must make time to reconnect with and recommit to one another, even before taking action.

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