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The Purpose and Power of Family Governance

Posted on April 6, 2021 by Patricia Angus

Courtesy of Tiger Lily from Pexels This blog post is excerpted from the upcoming Passages Issues Brief: Enhancing Your Family Philanthropy with The Family Governance Pyramid. For more information about family governance, please register for our Effective Governance: Principles, Policies, and Practices webinar on April 8, 2021. Over the past few decades, practitioners and academics from various disciplines have been… Read More
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Going Beyond the Private Foundation: An Exploration of Vehicles

Posted on April 1, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Pixbay on Pexels Donors have an array of options when it comes to selecting a giving vehicle(s). Vehicles offer a range of tools, decision-making structures, and approaches to achieve impact. While philanthropy traditionally showed up as grantmaking through two main entities, the private foundation and the donor-advised fund, a number of alternate and uniquely impactful vehicles have gained… Read More
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Meeting Makeovers: Time to Reflect and Review

Posted on March 30, 2021 by Nancy Murphy

Courtesy of Dylan Gillis on Unsplash In this new series, Meeting Makeovers, board development expert and founder of CSR Communications, Nancy Murphy, highlights a different meeting challenge each quarter and offers a makeover solution. See the first blog post here. Problem Area: Failing to “look in the mirror.” Makeover Solution: Institute a regular meeting evaluation using a consistent format. For many… Read More
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Leaning Into Fundamental And Unexpected Shifts In Our Relational Reparations Sisterhood [Part 3]

Posted on March 24, 2021 by June Wilson

Photo via Freepik This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. This is part two in a four-part series. Read part one here and part two here. “The most important journey you will ever take is from your head to your heart.”  —Anonymous When our group of 13 women came together in 2019 to imagine a future where affluent individuals… Read More
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Looking Inward: How We Clarified Our Values and Vision

Posted on March 17, 2021 by Jaimie Mayer

Courtesy of Pixabay This letter was originally published by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and is re-posted here with permission. Jaimie Mayer is a co-chair of NCFP’s new Board Chair Peer Network. If you are interesting in joining, please sign up here. In Alicia Garza’s new book, The Purpose of Power, she writes: “Before we can know where we’re going…we need to know where… Read More
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New Tools for Foundations to View Peer Group Data

Posted on March 5, 2021 by John Seitz

Courtesy of Serpstat from Pexels Foundations have been badly underserved in terms of available financial benchmarking resources. Coverage of foundations tends to focus mainly on where donations dollars are going without much attention paid to what happens to the money that stays in foundations’ endowments. The few reports that are available either 1) only describe the largest foundations, 2) are… Read More
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Making Systems Changes for Equity: A Conversation with McKnight’s David Nicholson

Posted on March 2, 2021 by David Nicholson

Courtesy of the McKnight Foundation The McKnight Foundation has implemented a new program devoted to equity and inclusion in our state. David Nicholson, program director of the Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, shares how that team is thinking about systems change and what they’ve learned so far. Q: As a family philanthropy, how do you see your role in moving… Read More
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A Generosity of Spirit: The Legacy of Black Philanthropy

Posted on February 26, 2021 by Maya Diggs

Courtesy of Any Lane from Pexels As we approach the conclusion of Black History Month we are pleased to share a fresh look at the special role of Black philanthropy in the U.S. “African American giving is grounded in a collective sense of responsibility and obligation towards the community and the continuing larger struggle for liberation. It is based on… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Family Identity and Culture

Posted on February 24, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of RODNAE Productions from Pexels Many giving families have a strong sense of identity, defined by their relationships, traditions, and underlying values, and carried out through a shared purpose and approach to philanthropy. In NCFP’s recent webinar, “Family Culture and Identity” Senior Program Consultant Tony Macklin discussed what family culture and organizational culture mean in the context of family… Read More

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