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The COVID-19 Crisis and Possible Futures for Family Philanthropy

Posted on July 22, 2020 by Justin Marcoux, Gabriel Kasper

Editor’s note: NCFP is pleased to partner with the Monitor Institute of Deloitte on the publication of An Event or an Era? Resources for social sector decision-making in the context of COVID-19. For those looking to learn more from the Monitor Institute, consider joining one of the upcoming focus groups for senior staff and trustees at family foundations. As family… Read More
From the President's Desk

A Conversation with Jaison Morgan of Common Pool

Posted on July 20, 2020

NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco recently interviewed Jaison Morgan, Managing Principal and CEO at Common Pool—a platform used to promote competition-based giving. Jai and Nick discussed the merits of and barriers to giving via competition and how the democratic nature of competition fits within the current call for a more equitable sector and society.   Interview Topics About Jai… Read More
Voices from the Field

The Homestead Foundation Moves Boldly and Urgently

Posted on July 14, 2020 by Shannon Cofrin Gaggero

We are living through a moment of grand scale reckoning. COVID-19 has disproportionately and negatively impacted the health of Black and brown communities; financial and educational disparities are exposed along clear racial lines; state violence and violence by white vigilantes against Black people have inspired sustained uprisings all over the country. Certainly, our country stands before a crossroads and so… Read More
Friends Focus

July 2020: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

Posted on July 7, 2020

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. This month features updates from the Conant Family Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Roy and Patricia Disney Foundation, Hill-Snowdon Foundation, JF Maddox Foundation, Self Family Foundation, Sobrato Family Foundation, Turner Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Zarrow Family Foundations. Are… Read More
Ask the Center

Can our foundation allocate funds to support or train our next-gen for future engagement?

Posted on July 6, 2020 by Katie Scott

As referenced in the 2006 guide, Self-Dealing: A Concise Guide For Foundation Board and Staff: Spouses and children of board members are disqualified persons. If foundation assets are paid to them for travel or related expenses, such payment is an act of self-dealing. However, if the spouse or child has official duties that further the charitable purposes of the foundation,… Read More
Voices from the Field

#TrustCreatesImpact—Now More Than Ever  

Posted on July 1, 2020 by Julia Oestreich

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In the US, groups like the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project and The Whitman Institute have worked to shift the culture of philanthropy to focus on sharing power, working collaboratively, and building trust-based, equitable relationships. As the sector and the world have grappled with COVID-19 in recent months, it’s clear that the work these groups have elevated is becoming both increasingly critical… Read More
Voices from the Field

Restructuring Systems Amid Two Pandemics: Donors Can Step Up Right Now

Posted on June 30, 2020 by Afi Tengue

This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. This is part two in a three-part series. Read part one.  Philanthropy is continuing to miss the mark on addressing root causes of the exacerbated outcomes we’re witnessing from COVID-19 and anti-Black racism, but individual donors who care about impact can help. Relief efforts have been swift… Read More
Voices from the Field

Philanthropy’s Privilege and Rethinking Risk

Posted on June 25, 2020 by Leaha Wynn

This article was originally published by the Center for Effective Philanthropy and is re-posted here with permission. Foundations have been described over the years as providers of necessary risk capital, society’s passing gear, or necessary fuel for social innovators. But what does that look like in 2020? Are funders truly behaving in this way, or are they, as Vu Le fears, complicit in a… Read More
In the Field

Collaboration in a Time of Crisis

Posted on June 24, 2020 by Mary O’Reilly

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COVID-19 represents a war on two fronts—a public health crisis that has already killed over 400,000 people, and an economic one that has threatened the livelihoods of millions. Because the challenge is so massive, and the needs so great, collaborative philanthropy has been key to coordinating effective responses and allocating funds to reach the greatest number of people in need… Read More
Voices from the Field

How Family Funders Can Keep Equity Front and Center During and Following National Crises

Posted on June 23, 2020 by Danielle M. Allen

Photo credit: Clay Banks on Unsplash In late March, one of the family foundations I advise reached out to their grantees to check in and see how the organizations and their leaders were navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. They learned that some of their grantees were looking to support the urgent food, housing, and mental health needs of the families they… Read More

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