Voices from the Field

Shifting Our Approach to Traditional Reporting Relationships

Posted on May 24, 2021 by Drew Payne

Courtesy of fauxels from Pexels I have long sat at the intersection of philanthropy and technology. My parents started the Payne Family Foundation 25 years ago, committed to organizations focused on youth development, education and healthcare. At the heart of our giving is a relationship-based approach to support mission-aligned grantees with flexible capital and open communication lines, creating space to… Read More
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Legacy in Family Philanthropy: A Modern Framework

Posted on May 20, 2021 by Janice Simsohn Shaw

Courtesy of Monstera From Pexels This blog post is excerpted from the new Passages Issue Brief: Legacy in Family Philanthropy: A Modern Framework Historically, legacy in family philanthropy has been considered from a retrospective point of view. From an external vantage point, legacy has often been seen as the sum philanthropic impact of a family, the culmination of its efforts… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Demystifying Decision Making

Posted on May 18, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of fauxels from Pexels This blog summarizes key notes from our May Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar. Philanthropic families employ a wide range of models to make decisions—from unilateral authority to consensus. However, identifying the appropriate structure is often a challenge and can serve as a barrier to effective philanthropic practices. Developing an appropriate decision-making framework for distinct situations… Read More
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The Gift of Being Heard and Working in Partnership

Posted on May 12, 2021 by Alliance Magazine, Gwen Shivers, Pam Savoy-Weaver

Courtesry of Christina Morillo from Pexels This article was originally published by Alliance Magazine and is re-posted here with permission. It can be easy to invest money in an attempt to fix problems. But money alone can’t build trust or change. That work starts with how you treat people. Fortunately, for the families of Detroit’s northwest neighborhood of Brightmoor, the network… Read More
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We Can’t Quit Now! Making the Case to Double Down on Democracy

Posted on April 29, 2021 by Stacey Faella

Courtesy of the Movement Voter Project This past year has been one of landmark success for our democracy, despite (or perhaps to some extent because of) the uphill battle the pandemic presented in a presidential election year. In the fall we shared the Woodcock Foundation’s decision to increase our grantmaking budget in order to promote democracy and support organizations as… Read More
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Establishing Tri-Sector Alliances To Combat COVID-19

Posted on April 28, 2021 by Giving Compass, Nancy Rauch Douzinas

This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. Giving Compass’ Take: • Nancy Rauch Douzinas encourages business, government, and philanthropy to form tri-sector alliances as the only way to truly respond to COVID-19. • How can tri-sector alliances expedite coronavirus response efforts? What are you doing to enhance collaborative efforts in your own organization? • Read… Read More
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Beyond A Donation: Reflecting On Philanthropy And Reparations (Part 4)

Posted on April 26, 2021 by LeAnne Moss, Candace Tkachuck, June Wilson

Photo via Shutterstock 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, part two, and part three. “Anti-oppression can’t happen without the presence of spirit. Dehumanization, soul loss, and alienation are not states of mind, so it is not a change of mind that is needed. They are… Read More
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Stories From The Spend Down Journey

Posted on April 20, 2021 by Jeffrey M. Glebocki

Courtesy of Elena Rabkina on Unsplash To be or not to be? More accurately, to spend down or to remain in perpetuity? Much has been written about the pros and cons of this existential inquiry in philanthropy. This article shares practical observations from the field about the strategies, tactics, and approaches that limited life foundations have used and guiding questions… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Effective Governance: Principles, Policies, and Practices

Posted on April 19, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Leon on Unsplash This blog summarizes key notes from our April Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. Family philanthropy is rooted in the act of collective decision making—one that is often codified in a formal governance structure. Governance consists of three elements—principles, policies, and practices—that define who makes decisions and how decisions are made. Families that are intentional about developing… Read More
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Using Strategic Planning to Foster Collaborative Community Social Impact

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Christine Koehn

Courtesy of Leah Kelley from Pexels While COVID has brought to the forefront the challenges that students face with getting a quality education, many students have struggled to get the supports they need to succeed in school for years. As the executive director of a family foundation focused on supporting efforts that promote educational, career, and life success, I have… Read More

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