Voices from the Field

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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On the Phone With… Dan Bader of the Helen Bader Foundation

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

Listen to the National Center’s interview with Dan Bader to hear more about the Helen Bader Foundation’s lessons learned in aging and Alzheimer’s: The Helen Bader Foundation: Donor’s Passion Leads to Foundation’s Mission (click to listen to audio) The Helen Bader Foundation’s Alzheimer’s and Aging program area seeks to make Wisconsin a leader in developing innovative solutions for the challenges posed… Read More
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On the Phone With… NCFP Board Chair Carrie Avery of the Durfee Foundation

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

In October 2010, the National Center’s Board elected Carrie Avery as the new chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, succeeding Mary Mountcastle of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Carrie is the President of the Durfee Foundation, a family foundation based in Los Angeles. The Durfee Foundation makes grants in arts and culture, community development, and education, mainly in… Read More
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On the Phone With… Alice Buhl

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Alice Buhl

Welcome to the October edition of “On the Phone With…,” our series of interviews with leading family foundations and philanthropy experts from around the country. This month we’re on the phone with Alice Buhl. In this interview, Alice discusses the “Spectrum of Family Involvement” for family foundations and funds, and why she feels this is an important concept for families… Read More
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On the Phone With… Mary Mountcastle

Posted on October 15, 2010 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Listen to the audio version of this interview here. Ginny Esposito:  Welcome to our very special December edition of “On the Phone With…”  Mary Mountcastle is the immediate past Board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She is a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in North Carolina, and is a… Read More
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On the Phone With… the Self Family Foundation

Posted on September 15, 2010 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Since 1942, the Self Family Foundation has distributed over $60 million in grants to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Greenwood and the state of South Carolina. On August 6th, the Foundation announced a $2 million challenge grant to Clemson University to enhance the Greenwood Genetics Center and to fund an endowed chair in… Read More
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On the Phone With… Robert Friedman of CFED and the Friedman Family Foundation

Posted on August 15, 2010 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

“I think if you look at the practices and policies that have made this country strong, it has been broad-based investment in the common genius – unleashing the entrepreneurial capabilities of all of our people.” Robert Friedman is the general counsel, founder and chair of CFED, and serves as a board member of the Friedman Family Foundation, Levi Strauss &… Read More
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On the Phone With… Shirley Fredricks of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

Posted on July 15, 2010 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

“Every citizen in the United States, and every child, needs to know that they can be a philanthropist.” Shirley Fredricks is a trustee and former executive director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation in Los Angeles. Over the past 20 years, Shirley has been deeply engaged in virtually every important movement in the country to educate and inspire family foundation… Read More