Voices from the Field Posts

Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis: An Interview with Mott Foundation’s Ridgway White

Posted by Robert G. Ottenhoff and Ridgway White on February 21, 2019

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s decisive role in working to alleviate the Flint water crisis serves as a model of foundation leadership after a catastrophic event. Though Flint’s disaster was man-made, there are lessons in rapid response, collaboration and visionary grantmaking that are relevant to funders of all types of disasters.

Family Philanthropy in China

Posted by China Global Philanthropy Institute on February 18, 2019

After 40 years of rapid economic growth in the “Reform and Opening Up” era, China now has the second-highest tally of millionaires in the world. These newly wealthy individuals seek to carry on their legacy and to promote social values through family philanthropy.

Going for Broke: How Foundations Sunset, and the Reasons It’s Becoming Popular

Posted by Joanne Florino on February 13, 2019

How and why do foundations sunset? "Going for Broke" discusses the journeys of multiple foundations that have made the decision to spend down.

Family Fund Empowers Three Generations of Giving

Posted by Akron Community Foundation on February 4, 2019

The Akron Community Foundation writes about the success of a donor-advised fund and its ability to facilitate multigenerational giving.

Giving In The New Year: A Novel Approach To Sharing Power

Posted by Lisa Ranghelli on January 28, 2019

Lisa Ranghelli of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy argues that confronting the role of power in perpetuating disparities leads to true progress in health, housing, education, criminal justice and every other major societal issue.

Generations of Giving: Spotlighting Our Family Philanthropy Initiative

Posted by Virginia Gentilcore on January 24, 2019

The Bainum Foundation's Family Philanthropy Initiative is an example of how to engage multiple generations in giving.

Census 2020: Your Family Foundation Needs to Engage

Posted by Maggie Osborn on January 18, 2019

Maggie Osborn of United Philanthropy Forum gives practical advice about how foundations can approach Census 2020.

California Wildfires – What’s a Funder to Do?

Posted by Regine A. Webster on January 9, 2019

The recent California wildfires spurred a flurry of donations. But what happens after the affected families fade from the headlines? Regine A. Webster of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy gives practical suggestions for donors and organizations to help those affected by the disaster.

4 Small Nonprofit Challenges that Major Donors Should Understand: a Latin American Lens

Posted by Harriette Rothwell on December 18, 2018

Supporting small nonprofits in Latin America can have a higher comparative impact due to lower overhead, higher local community involvement and sustainability prospects. Major donors should understand the unique challenges these nonprofits face in order to be responsible and committed to making long term sustainable change in the region.

My Journey from Advocate to Philanthropist

Posted by Gordon Irlam on December 14, 2018

Advocacy is a remarkably effective way to influence governments and institutions to tackle important problems - and it often influences one's philanthropy. Gordon Irlam shares how his experience as a volunteer advocate for global causes shaped his approach to giving.

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