Case Studies

Three Approaches To Place-based Philanthropy: Lessons For Donors

Posted on September 3, 2020 by Katie Smith Milway, Giving Compass

This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. For more information on place-based giving, explore NCFP’s Pride of Place Content Collection.  When Ross and Emily Jones set up their family foundation, Imago Dei Fund (IDF), in Boston, they gravitated toward addressing injustices against girls and women as a linchpin for global progress. On her first donor trip in… Read More
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The Evolution of Family Philanthropy: The David Rockefeller Fund

Posted on August 4, 2020 by Maggie McGoldrick

The name Rockefeller often conjures up images of wealth and influence. The founders of Standard Oil and magnates of the banking industry, the family is known worldwide for generations of success in business and politics. However, since 1855 when John D. Rockefeller, Sr. gave his first philanthropic gift, the family has harnessed its name for a far greater legacy—social impact… Read More
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Get Rid of the Go-Between: Jacobs Family Foundation

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Cover of the Passages Issue Brief, Bridging the Power Divide, with a person teaching a few others in a room
As a family funder, how can you acknowledge and responsibly navigate the power of your position? How does the power and privilege you hold affect those you interact with and support? How can you use your power for good—to make lasting impact? This Passages Issue Brief features stories, perspectives, and practical tips on power, and suggestions for how family funders can work… Read More
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Trust-based Philanthropy: Satterberg Foundation

Posted on January 13, 2020 by The Whitman Institute

The Satterberg Foundation recently decided to transform its processes in an effort to build greater transparency and alignment with their core values. One of the most dramatic changes was a shift to multi-year general operating support. The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project’s Shaady Salehi sat down with Executive Director Sarah Walczyk to get the scoop on why they did this and what… Read More
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Transfer Decision Making and Wealth: Chorus Foundation

Posted on January 7, 2020 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Cover of the Passages Issue Brief, Bridging the Power Divide, with a person teaching a few others in a room
As a family funder, how can you acknowledge and responsibly navigate the power of your position? How does the power and privilege you hold affect those you interact with and support? How can you use your power for good—to make lasting impact? This Passages Issue Brief features stories, perspectives, and practical tips on power, and suggestions for how family funders can work… Read More
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Transparency Case Study: Tracy Family Foundation

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

What choices do family foundations and funds have when it comes to transparency? NCFP's new guide, "Transparency in Family Philanthropy: Opening to the Possibilities," features a collection of five diverse funder stories exploring different takes on how families think about and act on transparency—and what they have learned as a result… Read More
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Transparency Case Study: The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota

Posted on December 5, 2018 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

What choices do family foundations and funds have when it comes to transparency? And what approaches are families taking when it comes to managing transparency, communications, and privacy? NCFP's new guide, "Transparency in Family Philanthropy: Opening to the Possibilities," features a collection of five diverse funder stories exploring different takes on how families think about and act on transparency—and what they have learned as a result. This month we share the experiences and lessons learned from the The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota… Read More
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Using a Donor-advised Fund to Nurture Family Philanthropy

Posted on May 22, 2017 by The R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

The R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation is the legacy of Howard Dobbs, Jr., a lifelong Atlantan who was a respected businessman, a civic leader, and a generous philanthropist. He did not have children of his own but was very close to his sister’s three children. As Mr. Dobbs grew older and began making decisions about the long-term future of the family foundation he’d established in 1959, he turned to his nephew and nieces for leadership. He asked them to join the foundation’s board and tasked them with responsibility for its stewardship after his death. … Read More

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