Voices from the Field

Legacy is not Synonymous with Complacency

Posted on November 3, 2022 by Allison Magee

“Why do we have to change?” This was the question posed to me by my board chair last year while the Zellerbach Family Foundation (ZFF) was in the depths of its first ever strategic planning process. It was a fair question. For over 65 years, ZFF has sought to serve as a catalyst for constructive social change; our work throughout… Read More

How and Now Matter: Reflections from the 2022 National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted on November 2, 2022 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

Every two years the family philanthropy community gathers for reflection and inspiration at the National Forum for Family Philanthropy. San Francisco hosted our latest summit a few short weeks ago—marking the 25th anniversary of the organization and the first in-person event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event brought into focus the moment of shift we are experiencing… Read More
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Listening, Learning, and Leading Across Generations of Family Philanthropy

Posted on October 27, 2022 by Caryl M. Stern

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The Walton Family Foundation is committed to redefining collaboration to have greater impact in the communities it serves. New insights from Generation Z are helping chart a course forward. Sam Walton believed “great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them.” Look and listen. These actions are at the core of how we learn, opening the… Read More
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Learning from the History of Philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted on October 19, 2022 by Micah McElroy

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The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most prosperous places in the United States, home to technological giants, entrepreneurial universities, and cities where more billionaires per capita reside than almost anywhere else in the world. But the Bay Area is also one of the nation’s most economically unequal places, marked by widening income inequality and under-resourced nonprofits. Alarmed… Read More
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Philanthropy’s Response to Inflation: Bolstering Our Grantees During Challenging Times

Posted on October 13, 2022 by Stacey Faella

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Many of us are familiar with the tension between the needs of nonprofits and the giving levels of foundations during economic downturns. At a moment when many nonprofits seek to address increasing challenges in their communities, foundations’ endowments decrease in value, leaving many funders with hard decisions to make about decreasing, increasing, or maintaining grant budgets at previous levels. This… Read More
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October 2022: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

Posted on October 10, 2022

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Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good news about your foundation that you would like to share with Family Giving News readers? Please email us. Interested in learning more about the families involved in NCFP’s Friends of the Family network? Go… Read More
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A Funder’s Learnings on Supporting Partners Beyond the Grant

Posted on October 4, 2022 by Anne Marie Burgoyne

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When I joined Laurene Powell’s team to formalize and scale philanthropy at Emerson Collective, my first goal was to build on the generosity and energy of her early philanthropy. Laurene’s early work in philanthropy was in founding College Track—an organization dedicated to confronting systemic barriers in high education, today serving nearly 4,000 students per year nationwide. From this experience, she… Read More
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The Critical Need to Invest in Women’s Leadership: An opportunity to learn, take action, and generate match funding

Posted on September 29, 2022 by Gabrielle Fitzgerald

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Over the course of my career in philanthropy and government, I’ve been fortunate to participate in many high-level meetings where key decisions have been made.  All too often, I was the only woman in these rooms—whether I was at the table or in a supporting role. It’s hard to believe that it’s necessary to make the point that women need… Read More
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The Tenets of Impactful Giving

Posted on September 26, 2022 by Gillian Howell

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Using Values & Passion as Your Giving Guide Stars Wherever it takes you, the journey towards achieving maximum philanthropic impact starts with your convictions and beliefs about how you might change the world for the better. Values are your guide stars. They guide the choices you make, and the most satisfying and effective philanthropy is built on those deeply held… Read More
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Five Questions for Doug Bitonti Stewart

Posted on September 21, 2022 by Doug Bitonti Stewart

Anniversaries are times for reflection on and celebration of the past, as well as an opportunity to imagine the future. As the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) celebrates our 25th anniversary, we are speaking with community members about their reflections on the evolutions of their own philanthropy, the sector, and NCFP as well as their hopes for the future. … Read More