Family Philanthropy Speaks

Family Philanthropy Speaks: A Conversation with Vilas Dhar

Posted on November 22, 2021 by Vilas Dhar, Nicholas A. Tedesco

Vilas Dhar, President of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, joins NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco for a Family Philanthropy Speaks episode on data science, artificial intelligence, and the foundation’s recent merger. Hear about the innovative strategies the McGovern Foundation is using to tackle social issues.  Philanthropy is a practice borne out of compassion and commitment—and one that is… Read More
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Ginny’s Governance Checklist Part 4: Ensuring Board Vitality: Communications, Committees, and Renewal

Posted on November 18, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito

The Governance Checklist blog series is a practical guide to building and maintaining the best possible family foundation board. Framed around a series of questions, the Checklist can inform and help shape a discussion or series of discussions about the founding of a new board. It can also serve as a useful tool for a healthy, and well-advised, reconsideration of… Read More
Voices from the Field

Tough Talk

Posted on November 17, 2021 by Stephanie Ellis-Smith

This article was originally published by Phila Engaged Giving and is re-posted here with permission. Having tough conversations are often a necessary part of social change — both in funding it and in carrying it out. But how do we have a tough discussion that gets our point across without it coming across as a personal affront? I was recently asked to present… Read More
Voices from the Field

Prepare for Ethical Dilemmas on Family Boards

Posted on November 16, 2021 by Mary Phillips

This article was originally published by GMA Foundations and is re-posted here with permission. Many family foundations have taken the time to develop a values statement that guides board behavior and decisions.  While a board may have this deeply-held set of values, the board members might not always agree on how to interpret them. Reality can be complex, and gray… Read More
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Video Highlights from the 2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on November 12, 2021 by Dimple Abichandani, Will Cordery, Kimberly Myers Hewlett, Anne Wallestad

The Trustee Education Institute is one of NCFP’s signature events, offering family foundation board members and CEOs a comprehensive overview of family philanthropy trends and topics. The virtual Institute this September featured conversations on values, racial equity, board chair leadership, next-gen engagement, and much more. Here are short video highlights from a few of those sessions. Give Big and Give… Read More
Friends Focus

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

Posted on November 3, 2021

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. This month features updates from the Compton Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, Frist Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Libra Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Stupski 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

Addressing Challenges on the Journey to Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Posted on November 2, 2021 by Foundant Technologies

This article was originally published by Foundant Technologies and is re-posted here with permission. Last fall we asked our clients to share the work they’re doing in the areas of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and, no surprise, they went above and beyond. We are truly inspired by their responses and our follow up conversations, and look forward to sharing these… Read More
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Nesting to Achieve Impact: Lessons for Family Funders from a National Foundation

Posted on October 26, 2021 by Daniel Widome, Deepti Sood

Family funders are regularly seeking opportunities to amplify their impact in the communities in which they live, work, and serve. Although they may not always have the scale or scope of larger national foundations, all family funders can still draw many lessons from larger funders about how to anchor their giving at the community level. TCC Group evaluated the Anne… Read More
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Lessons Philanthropy Can Take From The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference

Posted on October 20, 2021 by Nicole Systrom

We’re all waiting to find out what is going to come out of COP26, the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference that starts at the end of October. For me, the dream scenario is: Just as the global climate change conference is set to take place, the US passes President Biden’s $3.5-trillion economic plan, sending an unmistakable signal to the international… Read More