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Can our foundation allocate funds to support or train our next-gen for future engagement?

Posted on July 6, 2020 by Katie Scott

As referenced in the 2006 guide, Self-Dealing: A Concise Guide For Foundation Board and Staff: Spouses and children of board members are disqualified persons. If foundation assets are paid to them for travel or related expenses, such payment is an act of self-dealing. However, if the spouse or child has official duties that further the charitable purposes of the foundation,… Read More
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Ask the Center: Loosening Restrictions on Grants During COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on March 25, 2020 by Andras Kosaras

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Our board is interested in converting selected restricted grants into unrestricted grants. We would also like to change the scope of work and goals for certain restricted grants in order to be more accommodating to partners that are seeking to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The easiest way to amend grant agreements is by sending a letter style amendment. You… Read More
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How do we work with our local community foundation to train young philanthropists?

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Youth Philanthropy Connect, National Center for Family Philanthropy

Our family foundation would like to work with the local community foundation to set up a program that will help train younger philanthropists – both those in our family as well as other youth in the community. Do you have suggestions for models that others have used? Indeed we do! NCFP worked with Youth Philanthropy Connect, a former initiative of… Read More
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How can family foundations and community foundations work most effectively together?

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Tim Ober, Shelley Hoss, National Center for Family Philanthropy, Keith Swayne, Audrey Jacobs, Ann Mulholland

Are there good examples of family foundations working closely with the donor community, brought to the table via the community foundation, to strengthen philanthropic initiatives broadly? How can we partner with the community foundations in our state to know community goals and make more effective grants in those areas? … Read More

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