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Inspiring Family Giving

Posted on January 15, 2007 by Virginia M. Esposito

Happy 2007 and welcome to a New Year of Family Giving News! This is a very special year for all of us at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. It is our Tenth Anniversary year and we plan to devote a great part of this year celebrating the donors and families who inspire us. Your commitment to service, excellence, and… Read More
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A Year with the Giving Family

Posted on January 15, 2007 by Kevin Laskowski

This year, the National Center for Family Philanthropy celebrates ten years of inspiring family giving. To mark the occasion, Family Giving News invites you to spend “A Year with the Giving Family.” What follows is a calendar of activities designed to engage you and your family in a new philanthropic endeavor or to reinvigorate an existing family giving program. Each… Read More
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Celebrate, Reflect, Resolve: Accountability for Giving Families

Posted on December 15, 2006 by Kevin Laskowski

Accountability can be a challenging and complex issue for giving families, defined as they are by a deeply held private commitment to a public good. Balancing a family’s need for privacy with the transparency required of nonprofit organizations can be tricky, but, in times of close media and regulatory scrutiny, it is a balancing act today’s giving families find themselves… Read More
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Saying Goodbye: Strategic Exits for Family Funds

Posted on November 25, 2006 by Kevin Laskowski

The phrase “exit strategy” came to the philanthropic world from the world of venture capital after a brief stint in the military. Venture capitalists look to sell a fledgling enterprise or take a company public, exit strategies that guarantee a return on their investments. Similarly, venture philanthropists help a nonprofit secure additional funding or build earned income in order to… Read More
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A Thanksgiving Message: Gratitude and Optimism

Posted on November 15, 2006 by Virginia M. Esposito

The fall season of educational workshops and speeches is coming to an end and, once again, I have learned more from conference participants than I possibly could have shared. The enthusiastic commitment of those who give up weekends and vacation time to focus on the responsibilities of philanthropy is endlessly instructive and inspiring. Often, these workshops are for audiences that… Read More
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Geographic Dispersion: Opportunities for Far-Flung Families

Posted on September 15, 2006 by Kevin Laskowski

Among all the challenges that family philanthropies of all types face, giving families increasingly find themselves struggling with geography. In 2000, the National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Foundation Center found that the grants of a vast majority of family foundations were committed to a city, state, or region; only 7.8% of family foundations were classified as national or… Read More
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Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation

Posted on August 15, 2006 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

In August, Profiles in Family Philanthropy features the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation of Grinnell, Iowa. The foundation was established in 1993 by the late Claude W. Ahrens. Mr. Ahrens enjoyed a long, successful business career in the playground and agricultural manufacturing fields and desired to return some of the fruits of his labor, with a focus on his… Read More
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Benefits of non-family participation in your philanthropy

Posted on August 15, 2006 by Sarah Trzepacz

For many families the act of giving remains an intensely personal one and discussions regarding their philanthropy are more likely to take place across a kitchen table than a boardroom table. For this reason the idea of inviting non-family perspectives into their philanthropy may seem more like a complicating factor than a boon. Even families whose relationships are relatively trouble-free… Read More