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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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Food & Fun in the Windy City: What To Do in Chicago at Our National Forum

Posted on September 13, 2019 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Doodle of Chicago skyline
We’re so excited to be in Chicago for the National Forum on Family Philanthropy! This city has a rich history of family philanthropy and we can’t think of a better place to be. We look forward to engaging with you during our three days together. Our Host Committee helped us curate a list of activities that you may enjoy during… Read More
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Family Philanthropy Board Chairs: Leading with Joy and Effectiveness

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Two white women sit at a table, looking off camera to illustrate the Passages issue brief on Board Chairs
Who typically serves as the board chair of a family foundation, and how does the board choose who will be placed in this essential role? What are the responsibilities of board chairs, and what skills, qualities, and aptitudes are likely to lead to better board dynamics and performance? What are the common challenges that board chairs face, and what tips do existing chairs for tackling these challenge? And how do board chairs and leadership staff work together to strengthen board and foundation performance?… Read More
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Trends 2020: An Invitation from Ellie Frey Zagel

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Ellie Frey Zagel

A gold pen rests on a survey form, which has some X marks.
NCFP’s inaugural study on trends in family philanthropy, Trends 2015, was the first benchmark study of its kind, designed to collect timely and actionable information about the field at a national level. NCFP Board Member Ellie Frey Zegel invites you to be a part of Trends 2020, which will include questions relevant to ongoing changes in the field including issues of equity, place-based giving, transparency, the role of the donor, and the question of spend down versus perpetuity… Read More