From the President's Desk

The Promise of Even Greater Possibilities

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito

What distinguishes giving families are the dual goals they bring to their philanthropic giving: goals for charitable purpose and goals for family participation. What unites them all is a very personal passion, a commitment to the legacy of their families’ values and vision and a commitment to philanthropic excellence. As I mentioned at the recent National Forum on Family Philanthropy,… Read More
In the Field

It’s Cool to be Kind: How to Have Civil Conversations in Today’s World

Posted on November 22, 2019 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

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Civil: relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns; courteous, polite —Merriam Webster In an increasingly divisive society—where politics seem to dominate public as well as private discourse—what would it be like to hold civil conversations in our own families and communities? And how might family foundations create space for people to come together and have these conversations? These were big… Read More
In the Field

Build Authentic Relationships: The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota

Posted on November 18, 2019 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Cover of the Passages Issue Brief, Bridging the Power Divide, with a person teaching a few others in a room
As a family funder, how can you acknowledge and responsibly navigate the power of your position? How does the power and privilege you hold affect those you interact with and support? How can you use your power for good—to make lasting impact? This Passages Issue Brief features stories, perspectives, and practical tips on power, and suggestions for how family funders can work… Read More
Voices from the Field

The Perrin Family Foundation: A Funder Journey Story

Posted on November 14, 2019 by Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing in collaboration with the Perrin Family Foundation

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Editor’s note: This interview originally appeared through the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing and is reprinted with permission. The Perrin Family Foundation is a family foundation based in Connecticut, with a focus on supporting youth-led social change focused on addressing the root causes of injustice and inequity statewide Sheila and Charlie Perrin founded PFF in 1994 to create a permanent… Read More
Voices from the Field

Ingredients for Grantee Collaboration Success: A Case Study

Posted on November 12, 2019 by Elizabeth Versten

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My board members often remark, “There are so many organizations addressing this issue, it’d be great if they could work together.” I serve as executive director of several foundations, one of which is anonymous, based in a family office outside Chicago. My foundations all support excellent nonprofits we wish would share expertise, if not officially collaborate. Through the years, we… Read More
In the Field

Explore the Origins of Family Wealth: Masto Foundation

Posted on November 8, 2019 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Cover of the Passages Issue Brief, Bridging the Power Divide, with a person teaching a few others in a room
As a family funder, how can you acknowledge and responsibly navigate the power of your position? How does the power and privilege you hold affect those you interact with and support? How can you use your power for good—to make lasting impact? This Passages Issue Brief features stories, perspectives, and practical tips on power, and suggestions for how family funders can work… Read More
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How Technology Can Be the Bridge Between Generations

Posted on November 7, 2019 by Melissa Greiner

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Like most family philanthropists, you’ve got succession planning on your mind. And for good reason. According to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “In the next 20 years, an estimated $30 trillion will be inherited in the United States as the large and prosperous Baby Boomer generation passes its wealth on to the next generation. This is the largest wealth transfer… Read More
In the Field

Unleash Community Leadership: Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Cover of the Passages Issue Brief, Bridging the Power Divide, with a person teaching a few others in a room
As a family funder, how can you acknowledge and responsibly navigate the power of your position? How does the power and privilege you hold affect those you interact with and support? How can you use your power for good—to make lasting impact? This Passages Issue Brief features stories, perspectives, and practical tips on power, and suggestions for how family funders can work… Read More
Friends Focus

November 2019: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

Posted on October 31, 2019 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

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Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; McKnight Foundation; Perrin Family Foundation; Russell Family Foundation; and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good news about your… Read More

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