Death and Legacy Transitions

January 4, 2022
The death of a family member—especially a foundation leader—is likely the largest change a family foundation will undergo. Suddenly, or not so suddenly, family members must grapple with grief and loss, and also an onslaught of financial, legal, and organizational issues. How can you plan ahead—as a family, or as a family enterprise (business, foundation, family office)? And how can Read More

Theories of Change

January 4, 2022
A theory of change describes a process of planned social change, from the assumptions that guide its design to the long-term goals it seeks to achieve. Grant makers who have created theories of change explain that having a theory helps them and their grantees draw logical connections between activities and outcomes. It helps them to articulate exactly what propositions and Read More

Holley Fowler Martens

January 4, 2022
Holley Fowler Martens serves as a trustee and administrator for The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation. She integrates her social work background in her role as Foundation administrator, bringing a unique perspective to the grant making process. Upon graduating from CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 2007, Holley was employed by Shaker Heights Youth Center and placed Read More
Knowledge Center

Interview Questions for Anti-Racist Consultants

A collection of questions created by the Surdna Foundation and Andrus Family Fund to help interview and screen candidates to serve as anti-racist consultants for a foundation’s management, governance, and grantmaking practices. Also included is a rubric of characteristics and experiences to look for in potential candidates. Read More

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Knowledge Center | Case Study

Lessons from Family Philanthropy: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund

January 3, 2022 | Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Launching a family foundation is often the expression of donors’ desires to establish a lasting legacy and to instill in future generations the importance of giving. But family foundations face certain common pitfalls as well. They may initially unite family members through a shared sense of mission that could become less shared as the family grows and diffuses over time. Read More
Blog | From NCFP

Announcing our 2022 Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar Series

We’re excited to announce our 2022 Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar series with the NCFP community. The monthly webinar series provides guidance on the core tenets of effective family philanthropy—from motivations and values, to governance, grantmaking, and succession. The series equips giving families with the latest information on evergreen topics in NCFP’s Family Giving Lifecycle through practical takeaways and diverse Read More
Blog | Voices from the Field

Engaging Parents and Guardians in Youth Philanthropy

December 27, 2021 | Sheryl Seller
Earlier this month we shared the Sillerman Center’s ongoing youth philanthropy research as it relates to COVID-19, based on The State of Youth Philanthropy: 2020-2021, and the success of hybrid youth philanthropy program models. In that blog, we also discussed some of the challenges that young people and their adult supporters have faced throughout the pandemic. An additional area we’d Read More

Climate Change: Strategies for Philanthropic Families

December 25, 2021
Climate hazards—driven by global greenhouse gas emissions—will continue to affect and amplify socioeconomic challenges in nearly all areas for decades to come. And many are at the nexus of the very issues that family philanthropies have prioritized: health, equality, human rights, education, health, food security, conservation, and the environment. According to ClimateWorks, despite climate’s impact on the work of philanthropy, Read More
Events & Webinars | Peer Networks

Engaging Youth Peer Network: Impact, Leadership and Diversity in Philanthropy, a Conversation with Carmela Castellano-Garcia

February 16, 2022
This special interactive event is for young grantmakers from your families (approximately ages 8-21). Two philanthropic teens will facilitate a conversation with Castellano Family Foundation President Carmela Castellano-Garcia. Hear about the foundation and its impact as well as Carmela’s own leadership journey. Carmela’s role includes promoting the importance of diversity in philanthropy and of investing in the Latino community. Bring Read More
Blog | Voices from the Field

How You Collaborate Will Shape The Impact You Have (Part 3 Of 4)

December 22, 2021 | Debi Blizard, Zoe True
In this space the primary reason people come together to collaborate is to have a positive social impact and this was readily apparent in our interviews with over 25 innovative philanthropic and socially-minded organizations as part of our series on 21st Century Collaboration. Assuring Impact Nearly everyone we spoke with recognized the importance of defining and measuring impact. Most struggle Read More