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Blog | Voices from the Field

On the Phone With… Mary Mountcastle

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
Blog | From NCFP

Common and Uncommon Practice

October 15, 2009 | Virginia M. Esposito
This issue of Family Giving News gives the National Center for Family Philanthropy a chance to highlight both the common and the uncommon practices of philanthropic families. A week ago, we released the full findings of our study, Current Practices of Family Foundations. This is the first time an organization has successfully conducted a random survey of family foundations’ practice Read More
Blog | From NCFP

A Mid-Year Report Card

August 15, 2009 | Virginia M. Esposito
It must be all the graduations in my family that are inspiring me to think about accomplishments, those who help us accomplish great things, and the goals we set for the next adventure. Inspired by Allison’s master degree, Erin’s high school diploma (and, perhaps, of greater relief, that college acceptance letter), and Patrick’s move from elementary to secondary school, I Read More
Blog | Featured Article

What Will Really Engage the Next Generation?

August 15, 2009 | Sharna Goldseker
Sharna Goldseker, one of the country’s leading experts on next generation philanthropy, is vice president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies in New York and directs 21/64, a division of the foundation specializing in next generation and multi-generational strategic philanthropy. Fellow foundation advisor Kathy Klaus Wiseman and I were having coffee the other day, and she asked my views Read More
Blog | Case Studies

Finding and Fighting the Causes of Homelessness: The Melville Charitable Trust

June 11, 2009 | Jason Born
In 1990, a family trust in Connecticut decided to pursue an audacious goal: to end homelessness in America. The board thoroughly studied the issue, and eventually committed themselves to an equally bold strategy – creating a national movement. The Melville Charitable Trust’s considerable impact since then was recognized recently when its long-time executive director, Robert Hohler, received the Council on Read More
Blog | Featured Article

Five Questions for Effectiveness

September 15, 2008 | Kevin Laskowski
Surveys conducted by NCFP have concluded that most family foundations are conscientious guardians of charitable legacies. They observe high ethical standards of grantmaking practices, including fiscal oversight and accountability. Are you among them? Take the following quiz, punctuated with questions from NCFP’s Pursuit of Excellence Board Self-assessment, for a quick look at how your family compares: What is your mission? Read More
Blog | Featured Article

Giving in Tough Times

June 15, 2008 | Kevin Laskowski
Nonprofits are caught between two crosswinds: surging community needs and a drop in donations from individual givers—the main source of nonprofit revenue. Increasingly, nonprofits are looking to foundations to help them ride out the storm. Meanwhile, declines in the stock market are eroding philanthropic assets. What’s a funder to do? Read More
Blog | Featured Article

The 20 Habits of Highly Effective Philanthropists

February 15, 2008 | Kevin Laskowski
“Foundations do not need a lot of money to be effective,” declared philanthropy icon Paul Ylvisaker in his 1989 essay Small Can Be Effective. “If, indeed, they were to exploit only a fraction of the strategies available to them, their individual and collective impact on American life would be vastly and beneficially expanded.” Ylvisaker’s essay listed 20 functions of philanthropic Read More