Voices from the Field

The Critical Need to Invest in Women’s Leadership: An opportunity to learn, take action, and generate match funding

Posted on September 29, 2022 by Gabrielle Fitzgerald

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Over the course of my career in philanthropy and government, I’ve been fortunate to participate in many high-level meetings where key decisions have been made.  All too often, I was the only woman in these rooms—whether I was at the table or in a supporting role. It’s hard to believe that it’s necessary to make the point that women need… Read More
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The Tenets of Impactful Giving

Posted on September 26, 2022 by Gillian Howell

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Using Values & Passion as Your Giving Guide Stars Wherever it takes you, the journey towards achieving maximum philanthropic impact starts with your convictions and beliefs about how you might change the world for the better. Values are your guide stars. They guide the choices you make, and the most satisfying and effective philanthropy is built on those deeply held… Read More
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Five Questions for Doug Bitonti Stewart

Posted on September 21, 2022 by Doug Bitonti Stewart

Anniversaries are times for reflection on and celebration of the past, as well as an opportunity to imagine the future. As the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) celebrates our 25th anniversary, we are speaking with community members about their reflections on the evolutions of their own philanthropy, the sector, and NCFP as well as their hopes for the future. … Read More
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How a Connecticut Family Foundation Evolved to Support Youth-Led Social Change

Posted on September 9, 2022 by Ade Adeniji

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on the many forms of family philanthropy, in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and produced by Inside Philanthropy’s editorial team. The origins of the Perrin Family Foundation are similar to many other grantmakers rooted in the wealth of successful American executives. Charles Perrin started his career at… Read More
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Seeing is Believing: Engaging the Next Generation through Video and Experiential Learning

Posted on September 1, 2022 by Debbie Brodsky, Josh Mintz

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One important aspect of family foundations is the way in which they help transmit family values from generation to generation. Beyond the top-level value of philanthropy, family foundations are mechanisms to share the core values that underlie the family’s approach to its work such as justice, equity, opportunity, and compassion—and the deep connection and relationship the family has with its… Read More
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Five Questions for Armando Castellano

Posted on August 25, 2022 by Armando Castellano

Anniversaries are times for reflection on and celebration of the past, as well as an opportunity to imagine the future. As the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) celebrates our 25th anniversary, we are speaking with community members about their reflections on the evolutions of their own philanthropy, the sector, and NCFP as well as their hopes for the future. … Read More
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Kitchen Table Philanthropy: How My Immigrant Journey Informs My Philanthropy

Posted on August 18, 2022 by Dilnaz Waraich

My family, like many others is an immigrant family and we are celebrating 50 years since we immigrated to the United States. In my case, my sister and I came with “Mommy” and “Daddy” from Hyderabad, India. And recently, I’ve had time to reflect on my five-decade immigration and assimilation journey and how that journey impacts my family’s philanthropy. Throughout… Read More
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Impact Investing, and What I Wish I Knew When I Started

Posted on August 11, 2022 by Meredith Lorenz Heimburger

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Introduction to Systemic Challenges I started my career as a teacher with Teach For America, hoping to replicate in my classroom a version of my grandfather’s rags to riches story, with education as the great equalizer for kids from underinvested communities. My former students would say I taught them well, but I learned more than I taught—about compounding, systemic challenges… Read More
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Here’s How a Longtime Family Foundation Fractured, and Shifted Gears for a Meaningful Final Act

Posted on August 2, 2022 by Ade Adeniji

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on the many forms of family philanthropy, in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and produced by Inside Philanthropy’s editorial team. In 1894, Missouri native William H. Danforth founded what would become Ralston Purina Company as a balanced food production company for animals. The company revolutionized the feed… Read More
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Family Foundations Collaborate for Local Grants on Climate and Equity

Posted on July 27, 2022 by John Anderson Lanier

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This was originally published by Drawdown Georgia and is re-posted here with permission What if several family foundations came together with a shared vision to jointly support a grant program for climate solutions and equity in Georgia? A new collaboration puts a fresh lens on the challenges and the solutions at hand. Family Foundations: Each one is different Early on… Read More