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How a Connecticut Family Foundation Evolved to Support Youth-Led Social Change

Posted on September 9, 2022 by Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy

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, Inside Philanthropy

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
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Five Questions for Liesel Pritzker Simmons

Posted on July 21, 2022 by Liesel Pritzker Simmons

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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Open Calls in Philanthropy: An Uncommon Approach that Can Reveal Weaknesses and Maximize Strengths

Posted on July 14, 2022 by Kathleen Simpson

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This article was originally published by Mission Investors Exchange and is re-posted here with permission. In philanthropy, the open call interview process to fill board- and committee-level positions is not typically a common practice. These positions are often filled by those who already have an existing relationship with the foundation, such as colleagues and associates, friends and family members. Reasons… Read More
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Five Questions for Kimberly Myers Hewlett

Posted on July 5, 2022 by Kimberly Myers Hewlett

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