Voices from the Field

Grantee Perception Report: What We Heard and How We Plan to Do Better

Posted on May 26, 2022 by Don Chen, Jonathan Goldberg

This article was originally published by the Surdna Foundation and is re-posted here with permission. Have you ever had food stuck in your teeth and only found out when you looked in the mirror hours later? If you’re like us, you probably thought, “Why didn’t anyone tell me?” The truth is that it’s tricky to give honest feedback to the people… Read More
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How the Family Behind a Sportswear Behemoth Is Expanding Its Philanthropy for Rural Communities

Posted on April 28, 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 1937, Paul Lamfrom fled Nazi Germany and later founded Columbia Hat Company, a modest hat manufacturer in Portland, Oregon. When Paul passed away, the company’s reins… Read More
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So You Want to Do a Participatory Strategy?

Posted on April 18, 2022 by Rachel Stephenson Sheff

This article was originally published by Alliance and is re-posted here with permission. Love the intention—but let’s make sure you get it right. These days, the word ‘participation’—or rather, its sophisticated cousin ‘participatory‘—is tossed around the social impact space like the word ‘organic’ in a hipster grocery store. Everyone wants to do a participatory process because they understand why it’s a smart… Read More
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Kitchen Table Philanthropy in the Time of Ramadan

Posted on April 4, 2022 by Dilnaz Waraich

This April, Muslims around the world are observing the holiday of Ramadan—a month-long period of fasting from dawn to sundown, and of thinking of others, and of giving back. Philanthropy is deeply rooted in the Muslim faith, as well as my own. When I was a child, the month before Ramadan, my immigrant parents would sit at the kitchen table… Read More
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The Personal and the Collective: How Three Generations of the Sobrato Family Give

Posted on March 23, 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 Sobrato Organization in Silicon Valley has developed more than 21 million square feet of office space, R&D and multi-family projects since the 1960s. Today, the company’s… Read More
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Step up, Speak Up, and Join Us in Supporting AANHPI Communities

Posted on March 2, 2022 by Miki Akimoto, Patricia Eng

This article was originally published by the Center for Effective Philanthropy and is re-posted here with permission. A recent report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) titled Overlooked (Part 1): Foundation Support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and Communities highlighted, as one of its key findings, that AAPI nonprofit leaders report having less positive experiences with their foundation funders… Read More
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Use Collaboration as a Way to Embrace Change (Part 4 of 4)

Posted on February 22, 2022 by Debi Blizard, Zoe True

Collaboration in family philanthropy requires a deep, often emotional, commitment as it relates both to the individual and their family legacy. In our conversations with over 25 innovative philanthropic and socially-minded organizations (some of whom are listed at the end of the full article in the Knowledge Center)  experts shared many stories about families who see philanthropic collaboration as an… Read More
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Using Research and Advocacy to Engage with National Policy

Posted on February 11, 2022 by Abigail Seldin

At the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation (SHSF), we invest in solutions that expand equitable access to public services and support accountability for abuse of authority. As a small, family foundation with an annual budget of less than $1 million, we look for high-risk, high-impact opportunities to change the public conversation around a particular issue – or drive policy change. Advocacy, research, tech,… Read More
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The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective Search Committees

Posted on February 10, 2022 by Vincent Robinson

When family foundations recruit a new top executive, they often spend considerable energy screening search firms that will help them identify the right candidate. But they usually pay much less attention to making sure they have the right people on their search committee—the ad hoc team of board members, volunteers, and staff charged with deciding who gets hired for these… Read More
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Examine Your Own Equity Practices Before Asking Grantees

Posted on January 28, 2022 by Lowell Weiss

This article was originally published by LEAP Ambassadors and is re-posted here with permission. What are good questions funders can ask prospective grantees about their equity values and practices? When Lowell Weiss, President of Cascade Philanthropy Advisors, asked his fellow Leap Ambassadors, he received a range of responses. First, Are You in a Position to Judge? Several ambassadors brought up the need… Read More