Voices from the Field

The Exit Interview: Lessons Learned, Stories Shared and Memories Treasured from Richard Woo’s 20 Years of Leadership at The Russell Family Foundation

Posted on January 24, 2020 by The Russell Family Foundation

Richard Woo and Kathleen Simpson of the Russell Family Foundation
Editor’s note: This interview originally appeared through The Russell Family Foundation’s website and appears with permission. Original preface: Over the last 20 years, outgoing chief executive officer Richard Woo has led The Russell Family Foundation from its early beginning as he and co-founders George and Jane Russell charted its philanthropic path and giving model all the way to present-day as… Read More
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4 Questions to Sit With As You Learn to Let Communities Lead

Posted on January 23, 2020 by National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

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Editor’s note: This article by Walter Howell and Lauri Valerio was originally published on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s website and appears with permission. Good things happen when funders shift power to communities. It’s “regenerative.” We “actually get outcomes that work” and “build a groundswell for change.” But it’s hard to “give up power and build trust,” to “learn… Read More
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7 Resources to Guide Your Work Toward Inclusive Growth

Posted on January 3, 2020 by Kahler Sweeney

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This piece was originally published through the Johnson Center and appears with permission. This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity, a digital series to explore philanthropy’s role in inclusive economic development and community prosperity. In his most recent article, the Johnson Center’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Juan Olivarez… Read More
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Keeping What Counts: Should Limited-life Foundations Create Archives?

Posted on December 28, 2019 by Matthew La Rocque

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What follows is a brief excerpt of the S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation’s report, Keeping What Counts: Should Limited-life Foundations Create Archives? Explore our content collection on foundation archives. When a foundation chooses to wind down and close its doors, it confronts a range of new questions. The most obvious relate to when it should close and what it should… Read More
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Streamlining for Equity: Your First Two Steps to Take

Posted on December 13, 2019 by Allison Gister

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This piece was originally published on PEAK Grantmaking’s website and appears with permission. Earlier this month, I facilitated a workshop on “Streamlining from the Inside Out” for our Southern California Regional Chapter. PEAK Grantmaking has long-championed the effort to simplify grants management processes and find efficiencies—starting with our “Project Streamline” initiative and, continuing today, through our Principles for Peak Grantmaking… Read More
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Trust-based Philanthropy: The Durfee Foundation

Posted on December 9, 2019 by The Whitman Institute

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series by the Whitman Institute (TWI), featuring foundations that practice trust-based philanthropy, that acknowledge the power dynamics and realities facing nonprofits, and that invite more authentic relationships and communication with grantees. This piece originally appeared on the Whitman Institute’s website and appears with permission. Since its inception in 1960, the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles… Read More
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Learning to Give with the Next Gen Giving Circle

Posted on December 5, 2019 by Next Gen Giving Circle

“I found a career in philanthropy on Craigslist,” says Carlyn Madden, a co-founder of the Next Gen Giving Circle and now a consultant to funders and nonprofits. “Does it get more Millennial than that?” An avid volunteer, Carlyn was hired right out of college by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, the Washington, DC region’s largest private foundation. There she… Read More
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The Perrin Family Foundation: A Funder Journey Story

Posted on November 14, 2019 by Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing in collaboration with the Perrin Family Foundation

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Editor’s note: This interview originally appeared through the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing and is reprinted with permission. The Perrin Family Foundation is a family foundation based in Connecticut, with a focus on supporting youth-led social change focused on addressing the root causes of injustice and inequity statewide Sheila and Charlie Perrin founded PFF in 1994 to create a permanent… Read More

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