Voices from the Field Posts

Both/And Investing: Doing well AND doing good

Posted by Ken Mountcastle on June 20, 2018

The Foundation, our partners and the communities we care about are at a critical juncture and “urgency” is the operative word.

A Grant Maker’s View: Money Doesn’t Make Us More Powerful — or Smarter

Posted by Jessamyn Shams-Lau on June 18, 2018

The time has come for all of us who are grant makers to admit to our mistakes, move past them, and unite with nonprofits toward a brighter future fueled by risk-taking, humility, and courage.

Traveling the Road of Philanthropy as a Family: Tailored Education to Improve the Journey

Posted by Jennifer Wegbreit, Ali Sirkus Brody and Deborah Dauber on June 14, 2018

Targeted philanthropic training acknowledges that not all family members are in the same stage of their philanthropic journey and provides different learning opportunities depending on each individual’s experience and level of engagement.

A Charitable Legacy, Ensured

Posted by Linda Taaffe on June 11, 2018

Considered an icon in the philanthropy world, Susan Packard Orr frequently is the person nonprofits look to for inspiration and advice. For more than three decades, the Stanford resident has provided nonprofits around the world with support services and software she developed. She's probably better known, however, for steering her family's foundation, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, for the past 22 years.

Raising Charitable Children in Charitable Families

Posted by Ellen Sabin on June 7, 2018

The best way to empower the children you love is to help them embrace their ability to make a difference and help others. This gift will give them self-esteem, will build their character and will also create the next generation of givers!

Family Culture: Creating a Resilient Family Tree

Posted by Jamie Forbes and Kelly Nowlin on June 4, 2018

Cultural gatekeepers ensure that families sustain their collective identity by watching over and revisiting their cultural norms, adjusting or confirming along the way that “this is how we do it” while also recognizing that how we do it today might have to be different next year.

Program Related Investments: Why Aren’t More Foundations Using Them?

Posted by Mary Ann Weiss on June 3, 2018

PRIs offer a tool for foundations to make an impact, while recouping dollars for new investments. It’s seemingly a win-win. However, only a small percentage of foundations are actually using them. And most of them are larger and well-resourced. Why is that?

Advocacy & Lobbying: Rules for Public Charity Grantees of Private Foundations

Posted by Learn Foundation Law on May 31, 2018

Learn Foundation Law is back to announce the launch of a new course geared toward grantees—Advocacy & Lobbying: Rules for Public Charity Grantees of Private Foundations.

Focused on the Future We Want

Posted by Sharon Alpert on May 30, 2018

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is focused on creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society, and to finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality.

Impact and Outcomes: From Jargon to Meaning

Posted by Giving Compass on May 28, 2018

Ending homelessness. Improving school readiness. Preserving wildlife habitat. Impact statements can inspire and bring together partners, staff and funders around common, long-term goals that deserve focused efforts and resources.

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