Expand Your Comfort Zone: Taking Risks in Family Philanthropy

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Philanthropy is often described as society’s “risk capital.” Private generosity can support causes and ideas that business and government agencies cannot or will not. However, the idea of risk in philanthropy quickly muddies as we direct our generosity through a family foundation, donor-advised fund, or other collective effort. Our ideas about – and tolerance for – risk diverge, shaped by individual, family branch, professional, and other experiences. This webinar, featuring tips from NCFP’s new Passage Issue Brief on this topic and the Case Foundation’s “Be Fearless” campaign to ignite a more fearless approach to change making, provides practical tools for generous families that want to assess, tame, and mitigate philanthropic risk and expand their comfort zone to embrace increased uncertainty in their grantmaking strategy.

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Diane Miller

Diane Miller has served on the board of the John and Katherine Duda Foundation for 15…

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Rehana Nathoo

Rehana Nathoo joined the Case Foundation in 2016 as part of the Social Innovation team. Rehana…

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The Case Foundation

The Case Foundation, created by digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case, is a diverse and dynamic institution…

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Tony Macklin

Tony Macklin

Tony Macklin, a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, consults with donor families, grantmakers, and their advisors about…

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What others have said...

“Shared values are not enough. If we want our core values to be lived out in our organizations, we need decision‐making systems and resource-allocation systems that embody those values. Those are the kind of insights and practical applications that this workshop provides. I dream about placing what I have learned from Miki in the hands of every leader, so they can be nourished by the vision and the radically new tools that I have learned from her.”

Cindy Mercer, Planet Heritage Foundation

I thought Mikki and Cindy gave a thoughtful and refreshing framework for thinking about collaboration in a new way, as well as some practical connection to their model.

Anonymous

The speakers have given me the tools to start a dialogue with other board members and also with our grantees that positive changes can occur, even when there is conflict, as long as all parties feel valued and heard. We need to constantly ask each other questions.

Anonymous

The speakers have given me the tools to start a dialogue with other board members and also with our grantees that positive changes can occur, even when there is conflict, as long as all parties feel valued and heard. We need to constantly ask each other questions and not assume that just because we all share the same cause that we should all agree on the same solution. Thank you NCFP for providing yet another outstanding webinar!

MJ Ippolito Alvarado, board member Ippolito Charitable Foundation

Truly found the webinar useful today!!   Great perspective shared and lessons, behaviors, mindsets to consider implementing – right away – in a multitude of situations and environments.

Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Executive Director, Siragusa Foundation

It actually exceeded my expectations with  Dr. Kashtan’s fleshing out of the PowerPoint presentation points, and showing them in action through the live talking through of case situations.   AND Ms. Mercer further elucidating and demonstrating.

Anonymous

It exceeded my expectations in that I was expecting more of a traditional approach to collaboration. The presentation focus on a higher level of thinking about collaboration across power lines.

Anonymous

Miki was amazing!  Lots of solid content, plus inspiration.

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