Voices from the Field

How You Collaborate Will Shape The Impact You Have (Part 3 Of 4)

Posted on December 22, 2021 by Debi Blizard, Zoe True

In this space the primary reason people come together to collaborate is to have a positive social impact and this was readily apparent in our interviews with over 25 innovative philanthropic and socially-minded organizations as part of our series on 21st Century Collaboration. Assuring Impact Nearly everyone we spoke with recognized the importance of defining and measuring impact. Most struggle… Read More
Voices from the Field

Will COVID-19 usher in a new era of collaboration in philanthropy?

Posted on December 21, 2021 by Rachel Korberg, Nicholas A. Tedesco

The Families and Workers Fund is a new donor collaborative that includes a mix of private, corporate, and family foundations pooling resources and information to address one of the most pressing issues facing the United States today: how to ensure an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rachel Korberg, the Fund’s co-founder and executive director, shares about the goals of… Read More
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Philanthropy with Purpose Drives Lasting Change

Posted on December 15, 2021 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

This article was originally published by the Center for Effective Philanthropy and is re-posted here with permission. Change is borne of experience. Lasting change is borne of enlightenment. The divide between the two is often quite significant. Change is the subject of the recent report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) (Foundations Respond to Crisis: Lasting Change?) which asks… Read More
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Youth Philanthropy During COVID-19 and the Success of Hybrid Programming

Posted on December 9, 2021 by Sheryl Seller

At the Sillerman Center, we think about youth philanthropy programs as those that support young people making grants directly to nonprofit organizations and projects, while also mentoring and supporting the youth grantmakers. We view these programs as a form of participatory grantmaking and civic engagement in which young people, who are closest to the problems faced in their own communities,… Read More
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Moving Strategy to Action: Meet NCFP’s New CIO

Posted on December 8, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Miki Akimoto to the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) team as our inaugural chief impact officer. In this new role, Miki will partner with our President and CEO, Nick Tedesco, to implement an ambitious strategic plan: aligning and integrating relationship management, revenue, and program strategies, enhancing sector partnerships, and ensuring a strong measurement and… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Engaging the Next Generation

Posted on December 6, 2021 by Jen Crino

This blog summarizes key notes from our November Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. Multigenerational families use varying, and often multiple, strategies to engage the next generation in philanthropy. Yet why it is important to engage subsequent generations in the family philanthropy, and how does it impact the culture and operations of the foundation? Successful next-gen participation depends on a number… Read More
Friends Focus

December 2021: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

Posted on December 1, 2021

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. This month features updates from the Castellano Family Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, General Service Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, J.M. Kaplan Fund, Walter & Elise Haas Fund,  McKnight Foundation, Stupski Foundation.  Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP… Read More
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We Can Be Bold Together

Posted on December 1, 2021 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

Today, the family philanthropy field is at a point of inflection. We are amidst a culminating moment in which our social, economic, and political landscapes are significantly changing. Now it is time for us to reflect on our purpose, pace, and practice to decide how we will meet this moment. Will family philanthropy maintain the status quo? Or will we… Read More
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Giving Circle Spotlight: Ecowomanist Institute ELM Giving Circle

Posted on November 24, 2021 by Veronica Kyle, Valerie Hill Rawls

Grapevine, an online platform for giving circles, interviewed one of its community members to shed light on their origin story, the power of giving together, and how they have built community. We’d love to hear your origin story. How did your giving circle come to be?  The giving circle came as a result of our inaugural Southeast Region EcoWomanist Institute… Read More
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Trust-Based Philanthropy: Shifting Power to Communities

Posted on November 23, 2021 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Shaady Salehi

This article was originally published by Citi GPS: Global Perspectives & Solutions and is re-posted here with permission. Philanthropy is a complicated pursuit. Donors are committed to supporting their grantees to advance social progress, yet they hold a disproportionate amount of power, and operate within an inherently inequitable system that often perpetuates harm. Foundations and donors have virtually all the… Read More