Knowledge Center | Article

Tactile Philanthropy

September 18, 2001 | H. Peter Karoff
According to many donors, foundations, scholars, and watchdog groups, philanthropy should have measurable ‘impact,’ meaning that grants produce documented results and certifiable outcomes. This commentary suggests that, while this may be true, ‘Process should be a servant of intuitiveness, values, instincts, and passions – and not the other way around.’ Read More
Knowledge Center | Passages Issue Briefs

Discretionary Grants: Encouraging Participation… or Dividing Families?

August 5, 2001 | Jason Born
The practice of discretionary grantmaking brings out a wide variety of responses. This Passages Issue Brief looks at the common reasons that families use or opt not to use discretionary grants, and the typical process that is used to make these types of grants. The paper also examines how different approaches to discretionary grants can support or hinder the work Read More
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Good to the core

July 29, 2001 | Gary Yates
Over the past decade or so, many funders have sought innovative new projects rather than provide core-operating support for nonprofits. This funder is committed to finding a balance between the two and hopes other foundations will, too. Read More
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Cultivating the Next Generation

July 27, 2001 | Sandra Hughes
Unless a donor’s intent is solidified in the mission statement, the grantmaking priorities and the trustee document, the family members that make up a foundation’s board may struggle to be responsive to the current environment while honoring the founder’s wishes. To alleviate the family dynamics inherent in a family foundation board, the next generation can benefit from understanding the history Read More
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When generations disagree

George and his siblings created a foundation as a memorial to their mother, her values and ethics, and the way she helped people during her lifetime. The formal grantmaking guidelines are fairly general; the foundation’s key criterion boils down to a question: ‘Would mom have made these grants?’ But now some grandchildren who have joined the board feel quite the Read More
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Talking With Mr. Rogers About Children and Giving

May 27, 2001 | Susan Carey Dempsey
Fred Rogers, known to millions of young children and parents who have visited “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on Public Television over the past three decades, has taken on a new subject. Rogers, a Presbyterian minister who has reached out through television and other media to help children — and parents — deal with sensitive subjects like prejudice, death, divorce and disability, Read More
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Raising responsible children of wealth

May 22, 2001 | Helene Stein, Marcia Brier
How can you prepare your children for the social and financial responsibilities of wealth? What behaviors can you exhibit to help with this preparation? This article describes how a child may grow into his/her role as a contributing citizen of society, and the importance of a parent’s everyday actions in helping to guide that growth. Read More
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Strategic Confusion

May 17, 2001 | Mark R. Kramer
Without a clear definition of strategy, many foundations operate with vague and unrealistic goals and risk an inevitable clash between evaluation and strategy. Here’s how to avoid the confusion and make the two work together. Read More
Knowledge Center | Passages Issue Briefs

Board Compensation: Reasonable and Necessary?

April 5, 2001 | Jason Born
Deciding whether to compensate or reimburse family foundation board members can be a difficult and complex decision. This Passages Issue Brief provides guidance on the legal regulations regarding compensation, suggestions for how to initiate a conversation among your board members about whether or not compensation is appropriate, and suggestions for how to develop a written policy based on this conversation. Read More