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Building and Maintaining a Highly Functioning Board: Ginny’s Governance Checklist

Posted on August 3, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito

Courtesy of Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels About this Series In the early days of a family foundation, the donors and other enthusiastic family members tend to turn first to the excitement of grantmaking and, soon thereafter, to the practicalities of management and investment needs. Governance doesn’t often make it into the conversation right away— and that makes a certain sense… Read More
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Gift from Mackenzie Scott, Dan Jewett Helps NCFP Meet this Moment of Change

Posted on June 15, 2021 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

Change is upon us. Change for the world, where social norms and constructs are transforming. Change for the sector, where the purpose and practice of philanthropy is shifting. Change for philanthropic families, whose new leaders are emerging.  The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) recognizes opportunity in change, because it marks moments ripe for innovation, learning, and collaboration. Today marks… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Defining and Translating Motivations and Values

Posted on February 2, 2021 by Jen Crino

Defining motivations and values is in many ways the most critical step a family takes as they chart a path forward in their philanthropy. Understanding the reasons why families give and the values that connect them together will help guide families through their philanthropic effort. Motivations and values not only give families a common purpose, but also inform their approaches… Read More
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Lessons for Family Foundation Board Chairs from the 2020 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on October 30, 2020 by Tony Macklin

NCFP will be launching a new Peer Network for current and prospective family foundation board chairs in the first quarter of 2021. If interested, please contact Katie Scott at katie.scott@ncfp.org During NCFP’s recent Trustee Education Institute (TEI), I heard a recurring theme especially applicable to current and future board chairs of family foundations: effective governance of a family foundation takes… Read More
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Lessons for New Family Foundation Board Members from the 2020 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on October 23, 2020 by Tony Macklin

“I feel like a bit of a fish out of water when talking with people who know nothing about foundations.” “I married into a family with a foundation and I’m looking for help.” “We didn’t grow up with this wealth. It is difficult to discuss.” Three attendees shared these thoughts during NCFP’s recent Trustee Education Institute. Their sentiments are common… Read More
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A Change is Gonna Come: Supporting Our Partners through Leadership Transitions

Posted on September 8, 2020 by Liz Sak

Like many of you, when lockdowns came, we felt like we were in the midst of the crisis of our generation. No one could have anticipated that the months following would bring a cascade of additional crises, that together have the potential to fundamentally change this country for generations. We have all watched grantees pivot and respond to each emerging… Read More
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In Memory of Carmen Castellano

Posted on August 25, 2020 by Maggie McGoldrick

Carmela Castellano-Garcia and Carmen Castellano at the 2014 National Forum on Family Philanthropy “I’m most proud of the legacy we’re leaving. Latinos are philanthropists,” said Carmen Castellano in a 2015 interview as a part of NCFP’s “I am Family Philanthropy” series. In her 81-year life, Carmen built a legacy she and the Latinx community could be proud of, modeling formalized… Read More
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The COVID-19 Crisis and Possible Futures for Family Philanthropy

Posted on July 22, 2020 by Justin Marcoux, Gabriel Kasper

Editor’s note: NCFP is pleased to partner with the Monitor Institute of Deloitte on the publication of An Event or an Era? Resources for social sector decision-making in the context of COVID-19. For those looking to learn more from the Monitor Institute, consider joining one of the upcoming focus groups for senior staff and trustees at family foundations. As family… Read More
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On the Precipice

Posted on June 8, 2020 by Crystal Hayling

Photo credit: Franceska Gámez (Trust Your Struggle Collective) & Nathanial Baysa This article was originally published by The Libra Foundation and is re-posted here with permission. We’re getting near the edge. Nonviolent protests sparked by the murder of Black people (George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others) are filling the streets of more than 400 cities, all to… Read More
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Tell Me Anything: Advice for Funders Seeking to Become Active Listeners

Posted on May 21, 2020 by Maggie McGoldrick

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Active and open listening to grantee communities is not an entirely new topic for the philanthropic sector. Many funders have acknowledged the power dynamics inherent in their role, and as philanthropy evolves, there has been a shift towards greater transparency, deeper relationship-building between funders and grantees, and more grantee-focused funding practices. Groups like the Fund for Shared Insight and the… Read More

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