Voices from the Field

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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Ingredients for Grantee Collaboration Success: a Case Study

Posted on November 12, 2019 by Elizabeth Versten

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My board members often remark, “There are so many organizations addressing this issue, it’d be great if they could work together.” I serve as executive director of several foundations, one of which is anonymous, based in a family office outside Chicago. My foundations all support excellent nonprofits we wish would share expertise, if not officially collaborate. Through the years, we… Read More
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Involving Non-Family Members in the Foundation

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Exponent Philanthropy

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Editor’s Note: Originally posted to Exponent Philanthropy’s blog. Many of our clients consider whether to involve non-family board members either early in the formation of their foundation or at some point during the foundation’s growth and development. This article discusses factors to consider in determining whether and how to include “outsiders”: the selection criteria of non-family members for board service;… Read More
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Balancing Privilege and Responsibility

Posted on October 7, 2019 by Ellie Frey Zagel

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Editor’s Note: This blog post originally appeared here and on NCFP’s blog in 2018. Balancing privilege with responsibility is no small feat. And then, after you miraculously have figured it out for yourself, how do you pass this wisdom down to your next generation? In this blog, I will highlight what I mean by privilege and then share a few examples of… Read More
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Are you or your org guilty of Trickle-Down Community Engagement?

Posted on October 4, 2019 by Vu Le

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on Vu Le’s Nonprofit AF website and appears as per their crossposting guidelines here. In Seattle, if you’re a person of color and you walk down a dark alley late at night and you feel like you’re being followed, it’s probably someone trying to do some community engagement: “Psst…hey buddy—Go Hawks!—you want to attend… Read More
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Rural Philanthropy in Canada: 21st Century Strategies Bloom in Canada’s Hinterland

Posted on October 2, 2019 by John Lorinc

Editor’s Note: This article, first published in The Philanthropist, is first of a series that will explore rural philanthropy in Canada. A French translation is also available. When a group of Prince Edward County residents decided to establish a community foundation for the pastoral rural island region in eastern Ontario in 2008, they began not with an endowment, as is… Read More
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Passages: Bridging the Power Divide with Edgar Villanueva

Posted on September 27, 2019 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Editor’s Note: The following is a conversation with Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance and board member of the Andrus Family Fund. It is an excerpt from the forthcoming Passages Issue Brief: Bridging the Power Divide that will address power dynamics in family philanthropy.   “One of the most critical conversations we… Read More
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One Summer, Two Foundations, and Endless Learning

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Abby Rolland Price

From February to August, I pulled double duty—working full-time in communications and marketing at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and interning at The West Foundation, an Indianapolis-based family foundation that focuses on international grantmaking. My internship has come about because of another dual role—being an employee and a part-time master’s degree student at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy… Read More
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Exploring the Motivations and Concerns of Younger Donors

Posted on September 24, 2019 by Katherine Fox

Most discussions of younger donors tend to focus on how we give—our impact focus, our desire to be involved with the organizations we fund, and our interest in making a difference through social enterprise and newer forms of philanthropy. These trends are important to my family’s giving and I see them frequently working with younger donors in my capacity as… Read More
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Addressing the Taboo: Talking About Money in Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Robyn Schein, Sara Southwood

Money Messages and Wealth Identity When we work with philanthropic families in our multigenerational and next generation engagement practice at 21/64, family members share their values, their vision and their philanthropic passions and grantmaking.  Grantmaking is many things to many people, but it is fundamentally about the transfer of money. In our work with families, it often makes us wonder… Read More

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