Voices from the Field

The Secret to Making Decisions in Times of Crisis

Posted on December 29, 2020 by Carrie Avery

Courtesy of Anton on Unsplash This article was originally published by the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project and is re-posted here with permission. The global pandemic has placed enormous burdens on our communities. As funders, it our responsibility to be responsive to our nonprofit partners’ needs—and in times of crisis it is imperative that we act quickly. But what does it really… Read More
Voices from the Field

Ask The Center: Grant Management Systems

Posted on December 28, 2020 by Katie Scott

Courtesy of Photo by Alejandro Escamilla on Unsplash Despite the upheaval COVID-19 has caused, many foundations are finding time to revisit their strategies, systems, and tools. Several funders have reached out to NCFP in recent weeks looking for guidance on evaluating grants management systems. We are not experts on all systems available, but NCFP staff members have used grants systems… Read More
Voices from the Field

Takeaways from Engaging Youth Peer Network: Supporting Youth Givers Across Ages

Posted on December 23, 2020 by Maya Diggs

Courtesy of August de Richelieu from Pexels During the final Engaging Youth Peer Network event of 2020, participants had the opportunity to hear about a variety of strategies for including youth in family philanthropy. Our featured speakers Alexis Marion, Neil Gobioff, and Marlene Corrado shared real stories and discussed several tools and activities that they have found helpful. This meeting… Read More
Voices from the Field

A Preponderance of Joy

Posted on December 22, 2020 by Heather Larson

This holiday season, there are many who feel the weight of the year. There has been so much hardship, sickness, and struggle. In the midst of all the chaos, I have seen many bright spots from generous families around me who are giving joyfully and strategically, doing their best to make a difference with all that is going on in… Read More
From the President's Desk

A Season of Change

Posted on December 17, 2020 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

One year ago, I joined the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) as its second president and chief executive officer. On my first day, our esteemed founder Ginny Esposito gifted me a plaque engraved with a prophetic message: and so the adventure begins. And what an adventure it has been! As I was finding my footing in a new role,… Read More
Voices from the Field

Democratizing Family Philanthropy: Shifting Practice to Share Power

Posted on December 16, 2020 by Mohit Mookim, Rob Reich, Nadia Roumani, Ayushi Vig

Courtesy of Adi Goldstein on Unsplash “Nothing about us without us,” is commonly used by community activists when speaking about the changes they want to see in their communities. The idea is simple: those most affected by social problems—the intended beneficiaries of any program—should fully and meaningfully participate in decisions about programs, policies, and strategies that may directly impact their… Read More
Friends Focus

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

Posted on December 14, 2020

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. This month features updates from the Boston Foundation, Butler Family Foundation, Christopher Family Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, McKnight Foundation, the Russell Family Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good… Read More
Voices from the Field

Pandemic Philanthropy: Youth Giving Edition

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Emma, Gobioff Foundation

Courtesy of Brooke Cagle on Unsplash And so it began. Our youth board had Zoom calls nearly every month where we met each other, discussed what philanthropy is, made general plans, and eventually researched and sent out our first grants. Our members, ranging from ages 8-15 (LINK TO AVATARS), were spread across the country, making us Zoom experts even before the coronavirus… Read More
Voices from the Field

Do Your Board Meetings Need a Makeover?

Posted on December 3, 2020 by Nancy Murphy, Ann Maddox Utterback

In this new series, Meeting Makeovers, board development expert and founder of CSR Communications, Nancy Murphy, highlights a different meeting challenge each quarter and offers a makeover solution. This first installment, co-written with Ann Maddox Utterback, board chair of the JF Maddox Foundation, addresses the problem of “hand-me-down” meeting culture. Problem Area: What to do with a “hand-me-down” meeting culture that… Read More

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