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A Change is Gonna Come: Supporting Our Partners through Leadership Transitions

Posted on September 8, 2020 by Liz Sak

Like many of you, when lockdowns came, we felt like we were in the midst of the crisis of our generation. No one could have anticipated that the months following would bring a cascade of additional crises, that together have the potential to fundamentally change this country for generations. We have all watched grantees pivot and respond to each emerging… Read More
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Three Approaches To Place-based Philanthropy: Lessons For Donors

Posted on September 3, 2020 by Katie Smith Milway, Giving Compass

This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. For more information on place-based giving, explore NCFP’s Pride of Place Content Collection.  When Ross and Emily Jones set up their family foundation, Imago Dei Fund (IDF), in Boston, they gravitated toward addressing injustices against girls and women as a linchpin for global progress. On her first donor trip in… Read More
Voices from the Field

Focus and Reenergize with Four Powerful Questions

Posted on September 2, 2020 by Kris Putnam-Walkerly

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Feeling uncomfortable? You’re not alone. We’re all being asked to stretch and grow these days as we navigate a new world. Along with COVID-19, we’re facing divisive political rhetoric, and the growing needs of a struggling civic society. Add to that the challenges of a recession and a deafening cry for action to condemn racism and increase social justice. While… Read More
Voices from the Field

Five Lessons Learned from Running a Foundation That Gives Directly to Families

Posted on August 27, 2020 by Amy Kingman

In 2016, I was asked to join a philanthropic project that was close to the heart of philanthropist Warren Buffett and his beloved older sister, Doris Buffett. The “letters program” first started many years ago. After going public with his giving pledge, Warren (like many well-known philanthropists) was flooded with requests not just from nonprofits, but also from individuals and… Read More
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In Memory of Carmen Castellano

Posted on August 25, 2020 by Maggie McGoldrick

Carmela Castellano-Garcia and Carmen Castellano at the 2014 National Forum on Family Philanthropy “I’m most proud of the legacy we’re leaving. Latinos are philanthropists,” said Carmen Castellano in a 2015 interview as a part of NCFP’s “I am Family Philanthropy” series. In her 81-year life, Carmen built a legacy she and the Latinx community could be proud of, modeling formalized… Read More
Voices from the Field

State of the Social Sector: A Message to Family Philanthropy

Posted on August 24, 2020 by David La Piana, Madison McAleese

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The COVID-19 crisis has detrimentally impacted every industry over the past several months. While record numbers of Americans are filing for unemployment and communities around the country are facing serious health and economic crises, the social sector, responsible for supporting and engaging these communities, is desperately holding on while funding dries up. As the pandemic shutdown began to unfold, we… Read More
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Supporting Youth and Next-gen Philanthropy: How to Get Started

Posted on August 18, 2020 by Jen Crino

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Sammie Holzwarth, Kimberly Myers Hewlett, and Vasser Seydel on NCFP’s recent webinar This article was originally published by Foundant Technologies and is re-posted here with permission. Bringing the next generation into the fold is a natural progression for many family philanthropies. Teaching children at a young age about shared values, engaging youth in service learning and site visits, and formally preparing… Read More
Voices from the Field

The Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Society

Posted on August 14, 2020 by Sarina Dayal

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This article was originally published by Candid and is re-posted here with permission. Over the last four months, organizations around the globe have surveyed foundations, nonprofits, civil society organizations, and individuals to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting them. The findings from these surveys provide data to help the sector best respond to the crisis, strengthen solidarity, and inform… Read More
From the NCFP Fellows

An Interview with NCFP’s Senior Fellow Ginny Esposito

Posted on August 12, 2020 by Virginia M. Esposito, Jason Born

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Ginny Esposito with NCFP’s inaugural Senior Fellow, Alice Buhl Editor’s Note: Vice President of Programs Jason Born spoke recently with NCFP Founder Ginny Esposito about her transition to the role of Senior Fellow at the beginning of 2020, and some of the projects and initiatives she is working on in that new role. I’m here today with my long-time friend… Read More

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