Voices from the Field

Stories From China: Donors Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on April 21, 2020 by Ying Lu

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The Chinese city where the new coronavirus became endemic in January—Wuhan, in Hubei Province—lifted its 76-day lockdown on Wednesday, April 8. About 65,000 people were expected to leave Wuhan to meet their families or go back to their work place by train and plane. While the whole country is celebrating the unlocking of Wuhan and embracing a normal life we… Read More
Voices from the Field

The Power and Precedent of Countercyclical Grantmaking

Posted on April 20, 2020 by Ryan Schlegel

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted by HistPhil here and is re-posted with permission. What the Funders Who Gave More During the Great Recession Can Teach Philanthropy During the COVID-19 Crisis The first quarter of 2020 was one of the all-time worst for the global economy. US stock indices closed on March 31 having lost a fifth of their… Read More
Featured Article

Philanthropy in the Time of COVID-19

Posted on April 17, 2020 by Carmen Rojas

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published here and is re-posted with permission. What are we going to do to shift the balance of power & resources? Over the last couple of weeks, foundations and donors have made proclamations about how this crisis will change their giving practice. Many have tried to prove how the crisis has been a turning… Read More
Featured Article

Tips and Tools for Working from Home

Posted on April 16, 2020 by Katie Scott

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NCFP is thinking of all of you at this difficult time. We hope you and your family are well. Like many of you, NCFP has closed its offices and staff has now settled into a routine of working and communicating remotely. For most of us, this is a new adjustment; however, this is not my first stint as a remote… Read More
From the President's Desk

A Clarion Call for Family Philanthropy

Posted on April 13, 2020 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

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Dear Community Members, This past weekend marked a period of deep reflection for many around the world—the beginning of Passover, celebration of Easter, and preparation for Ramadan. It also marked one month since the World Health Organization named COVID-19 a global pandemic and our lives changed unhesitatingly. One month since the world began to close its borders; one month since… Read More
In the Field

COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future

Posted on April 9, 2020 by Lori Villarosa

“Black Families Matter,” Miki Jourdan Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by NPQ online, on March 30, 2020. Used with permission. For most of us, COVID-19 global pandemic’s breathtaking impact on the well-being and security of our family, friends, and neighbors and on our economy, healthcare, social services, and beyond has moved from abstractness to a harsh reality. We have… Read More
Friends Focus

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

Posted on April 5, 2020

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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 Bainum Family Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, The Libra Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Self Family Foundation, and Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member… Read More
Voices from the Field

Foundations: Use Your Balance Sheet to Help

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Mark R. Kramer

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published by FSG and is re-posted here with permission.  During this massive economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, government and media attention is focused on the impact on businesses, financial markets, and the economy, but the impact on our nonprofit sector will be worse. Direct service nonprofits will be stretched by the sudden increase… Read More
From the President's Desk

NCFP Signs Joint Statement Promoting Greater Payout

Posted on April 2, 2020 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

Dear Community Members, It has been said many times and will continue to be said: this is a challenging time. Communities are in crisis, nonprofits are at risk, and markets are struggling. But, philanthropy was built for moments like these—ones that require a nimble response and compassionate heart. Accordingly, many donors are embracing this opportunity to mobilize resources to address… Read More

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