Knowledge Center | Book Chapter

Accountability as Telling Our Story

October 21, 2001 | Colin G. Campbell
While donor families often have strong feelings about preserving their privacy, this short perspectives piece argues that it is important for families to tell their stories more publicly and openly. This essay encourages families to tell their stories, both to be accountable as grantmakers and to help clarify their individuality and distinctiveness. Read More
Knowledge Center | Impact Story

At the Crossroads: a Lost Opportunity

October 5, 2001
Developing a donor legacy statement can be a difficult and emotional process. This is particularly true when the donor knows that his wishes may conflict with those of his heirs. Stan Alexander, founder of the $75-million Alexander Foundation, inherited a large part of his wealth from his father, Joseph, a businessman and politician with a life-long interest in primary education. Read More
Knowledge Center | Impact Story

The Moral Compass: Establishing a Mission That Reflects the Founder’s Legacy

October 5, 2001 | William C. Graustein
Telling the story of the Graustein family and the creation of the Memorial Fund is probably the clearest way to explain why the Memorial Fund exists and what it does. Listening to the stories of the people, families, and communities we work with is an essential part of our work. Supporting and inspiring the children of our communities is what Read More
Knowledge Center | Article

The seven principles of firmly centered grantmakers

September 18, 2001 | Lee Draper
From their first day on the job, grantmakers can be pulled by the privileges of their position to become aloof or patronizing to grantseekers. Experienced grantmakers say this can best be avoided by having strong personal values that are sustained by formal programs in the foundation. Here are seven ways. Read More