Demystifying the Hidden Figure of ‘Effectiveness’

Posted on May 17, 2022 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

In philanthropy, effectiveness is our north star—it is the bar we measure ourselves against and the standard we strive to uphold. But what exactly does it mean to “successfully achieve an intended result” or “fulfill a specified function,” particularly when our structures, practices, and beliefs are called into question? What does it mean to be effective not just as funders,… Read More

Takeaways Blog on Governance Practices for Better Decision Making

Posted on April 29, 2022 by Daria Teutonico

This blog summarizes key notes from our April Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar. Governance practices of philanthropic families are evolving to include more diverse voices and perspectives. Two common pathways that giving families are using to become more informed about the communities they partner with are creating an expert or community advisory committee to guide social impact strategies and decisions, and… Read More

Pluralism in Family Philanthropy: Navigating Tensions and Bridging Divides for Impact

Posted on April 20, 2022 by Daria Teutonico

In an increasingly divisive society, people are facing complex, challenging dialogues around politics, ethics, and social issues, struggling to manage perspectives across the political aisle and facilitate healthy discourse with multiple viewpoints. What is taking place on a macro scale is mirrored within individual families—difficult conversations, distinct political and cultural divides, and in many cases gridlock or an inability to… Read More

Takeaways Blog on Reducing the Administrative Burden through Fiscal Sponsorship

Posted on March 31, 2022 by Jen Crino

This blog summarizes key notes from our March Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar. Management, operations, and administration are often barriers to scaling impact, and many donors opt to utilize vehicles that reduce these burdens and offer more legal, financial, and operational support. Fiscal sponsorships and other outsourced service providers are common choices for families, and provide their own specific set… Read More

Responding to Crisis: Resources for Supporting Ukraine

Posted on March 10, 2022 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

At moments like this, with crises and disasters unfolding across the globe, we know philanthropic families are looking for ways to respond.  When faced with a complex humanitarian disaster such as the war in Ukraine, it can be challenging to know where to start. In keeping with NCFP’s commitment to work in partnership, we are sharing resource lists compiled by… Read More

Anticipating the Complications of Divorce in Family Philanthropy

Posted on February 24, 2022 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

This blog post is excerpted from the new Passages guide: Breaking Up: Divorce in Family Philanthropy Divorce is never easy for any family. Family members marry, divorce, remarry, and form domestic partnerships. When a divorce occurs within family foundations where spouses serve on the board, there is an added a layer of complexity. For example: If a divorce occurs within the… Read More

Takeaways Blog on Complexities of the Collective

Posted on February 17, 2022 by Daria Teutonico

This blog summarizes key notes from our February Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. For many, family philanthropy presents an opportunity to create a shared experience, unifying the family by working together toward a lasting legacy of impact. Family philanthropy can also give participants an opportunity to explore and cultivate their personal philanthropic passions. Yet there is an inherent tension between these… Read More

Lead and Give with Bravery and Humility

Posted on February 1, 2022 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

Society is calling leaders to action: demanding fundamental changes in our mindsets, how we operate, and what we pursue. Responding to the call requires us to step into unknown spaces and discomfort and to go beyond platitudes and statements of support. The bold step into action challenges us to be brave, vulnerable, and humble. Leadership is hard. It is messy… Read More

Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation Between Nick Tedesco and June Wilson

Posted on January 19, 2022 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, June L. Wilson

Prior to Nick Tedesco’s official start as president and CEO of the National Center for Family (NCFP), he attended NCFP’s conference where Edgar Villanueva discussed white supremacy and racism in philanthropy. In a candid conversation with Compton Foundation Executive Director June Wilson, Nick reflects on his reaction to Edgar’s session at the Forum and how that was a catalyst on… Read More

Takeaways Blog on Reflecting on Your Origin Story

Posted on January 18, 2022 by Daria Teutonico

This blog summarizes key notes from our January Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. The criticism of wealth is longstanding and brings to the fore a conversation on justice that is important to reflect upon in the pursuit of effective family philanthropy. Though necessary, this type of reflection often raises a number of difficult questions that require philanthropic families to interrogate their… Read More