Voices from the Field

Can a Small Organization Have a Big Impact?

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Emily Tow

I get asked this question often.  How can a small foundation with few staff really catalyze large scale social change?  In fact, how can a foundation of any size play this role?  At The Tow Foundation, we have attempted to play a significant role in juvenile justice reform, an issue that seems like an intractable problem and not easily tackled… Read More
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Giving while living: Caroline Avery, The Durfee Foundation

Posted on March 15, 2013 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Editor’s Note: The National Center is delighted to partner in 2013 with the Bridgespan Group to feature videos from its Conversations with Remarkable Givers series. For our March edition in this series, we share Bridgespan’s interview with Carrie Avery, president of The Durfee Foundation and board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. To learn more about the goals and… Read More
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Giving while living: Laura and John Arnold

Posted on February 15, 2013 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Editor’s Note: The National Center is delighted to partner in 2013 with the Bridgespan Group to feature videos from its Conversations with Remarkable Givers series. For our February edition in this series, we share Bridgespan’s interview with John and Laura Arnold, recently named to the Philanthropy 50 list of top donors of 2012 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. To learn… Read More
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Next Gen Leaders Taking the Reins of Family Philanthropy

Posted on February 15, 2013 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Editor’s note: The new Next Gen Donors report features a variety of quotes and perspectives from next gen donors on the topics of values and legacy, strategic grantmaking, and collaborations and relationships. Here are a few of the highlights. Values and Legacy: Quotes from The Next Gen Donors Study Strategic Giving: Quotes from The Next Gen Donors Study   Collaboration… Read More
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Giving while living: Eli Broad

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Susan Wolf Ditkoff

Editor’s Note: The National Center is delighted to partner in 2013 with the Bridgespan Group to feature videos from its Conversations with Remarkable Givers series. To launch this series, we share Bridgespan’s interview with Eli Broad on his entrepreneurial and “give now” approach to philanthropy, along with an introduction from Bridgespan Partner Susan Wolf Ditkoff on the goals and highlights… Read More
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Leadership Transitions in Family Philanthropy

Posted on January 15, 2013 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Editor’s note: Several of the National Center’s most popular guides and publications have addressed the topic of transitions in family philanthropy. Here are selected quotes from these timeless publications.   Transitions as opportunities for change “Transitions are opportunities for change, not guarantees of improvement. Transitions raise anxiety. Many family members and directors may wish for a premature decision. They would… Read More
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Celebrating Fifteen Years of Family Giving

Posted on December 15, 2012 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

The National Center is celebrating our 15th year of providing advice and assistance for families in philanthropy, and what better way to celebrate than to share the perspectives and comments from many of the families we have served over the years. Thank you for your support! Do you have a testimonial to share regarding your experiences with the National Center?… Read More
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Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change

Posted on November 15, 2012 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck, the National Center collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to produce a special edition of Family Giving News highlighting eight long-term opportunities for philanthropy to step in and support relief and recovery efforts. Several readers wrote back to respond that while our suggestions were helpful and logical, they felt that we were missing the… Read More
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Public Policy Meets Private Philanthropy

Posted on September 15, 2012 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

As the 2012 U.S. Presidential election race heats up, philanthropic networks around the country are adding fuel to the fire by promoting and hosting a variety of conversations discussing the relationship between public policy and private philanthropy. Many of NCFP’s Family Philanthropy Online Partner Subscribers are at the forefront of this push; we offer a few examples of regional associations… Read More
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Great Quotes in Family Philanthropy

Posted on August 15, 2011 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

There’s been an interesting discussion going on for some time at the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s LinkedIn page on “Best Philanthropy Quotes.” We’ve been following it for a while, and while there are indeed many great quotes included in the conversation, we’ve been a bit disappointed that only a very few of those featured come from donors – and few if any… Read More

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