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Mapping Change: Discovering Your Giving Niche

March 15, 2007 | Kevin Laskowski
Effective and meaningful family philanthropy channels a family’s passions, interests, beliefs, values, and resources for a social good. Maintaining this delicate balance between private values and public virtue can position giving families for their most inspiring and innovative grants, but it also places them at the sometimes confusing intersection of a number of public and private initiatives. Whether your giving Read More
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A Happy Anniversary

March 15, 2007 | Virginia M. Esposito
Given that I am tired, exhilarated, challenged, inspired, frustrated, and charged up, it can mean only one thing: I have just returned from spending time with donors, family members and others involved in family philanthropy. In this case it was the 2007 Family Foundations Conference. It was a special year for the National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Baltimore Read More
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The Durfee Foundation: Supporting Sabbaticals for Nonprofit Leaders

Stan and Dorothy founded what would become the Durfee Foundation in 1960. In those days, it bore the Avery name as did their flourishing business. As the company became more successful, though, the family suggested taking on Dorothy’s name Durfee to distinguish between the company’s philanthropy and the family’s philanthropy. In 1977, the family foundation became the Durfee Foundation and Read More
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Inspiring Family Giving

January 15, 2007 | Virginia M. Esposito
Happy 2007 and welcome to a New Year of Family Giving News! This is a very special year for all of us at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. It is our Tenth Anniversary year and we plan to devote a great part of this year celebrating the donors and families who inspire us. Your commitment to service, excellence, and Read More
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A Year with the Giving Family

January 15, 2007 | Kevin Laskowski
This year, the National Center for Family Philanthropy celebrates ten years of inspiring family giving. To mark the occasion, Family Giving News invites you to spend “A Year with the Giving Family.” What follows is a calendar of activities designed to engage you and your family in a new philanthropic endeavor or to reinvigorate an existing family giving program. Each Read More
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Celebrate, Reflect, Resolve: Accountability for Giving Families

December 15, 2006 | Kevin Laskowski
Accountability can be a challenging and complex issue for giving families, defined as they are by a deeply held private commitment to a public good. Balancing a family’s need for privacy with the transparency required of nonprofit organizations can be tricky, but, in times of close media and regulatory scrutiny, it is a balancing act today’s giving families find themselves Read More
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Saying Goodbye: Strategic Exits for Family Funds

November 25, 2006 | Kevin Laskowski
The phrase “exit strategy” came to the philanthropic world from the world of venture capital after a brief stint in the military. Venture capitalists look to sell a fledgling enterprise or take a company public, exit strategies that guarantee a return on their investments. Similarly, venture philanthropists help a nonprofit secure additional funding or build earned income in order to Read More