Knowledge Center | Book Chapter

Remaining Flexible and the Role of Staff: the Population, Development, and Environment Collaboration

February 17, 2001 | Kim Robinson
As concerns about environmental degradation moved onto the radar screen of the general public through the 1970s and 80s, most environmental activists were focused on wilderness protection. However, by the late 1980s, there was a growing understanding of the intertwined relationship of unchecked population growth, resource consumption, and the environment. Read More
Knowledge Center | Book Chapter

Passing on the philanthropic tradition and keeping donors engaged

February 17, 2001 | Kim Robinson
Tucked into neighborhoods across New York City, there are over 750 community gardens on city-owned land. With little cash and lots of volunteer muscle, gardeners have converted litter-strewn empty lots into serene places for growing vegetables and flowers. Many are located in low-income communities with little nearby green and open space. Gardens often displace drug dealers and provide children with Read More
Knowledge Center | Book Chapter

Funding Collaborations in Perspective

February 17, 2001 | Kim Robinson
This section explains why funding collaborations are a growing philanthropic method, how they are structured, whom they serve, and their usefulness as a tool for family funders. Read More
Knowledge Center | Book Chapter

Establishing Clear Goals and Working with the Community: Rockefeller Preserve Collaboration

February 17, 2001 | Kim Robinson
The Rockefeller State Park Preserve is a scenic slice of undeveloped land on the banks of the Hudson River. Its woodlands, meadows, lake, and streams are laced with a unique system of carriage roads and superb views of the Hudson River. As one of the last remaining undeveloped tracts in lower Westchester County, the Preserve supports an abundance of wildlife Read More
Knowledge Center | Book Chapter

Emerging, Controversial Issue Attracts Cross Generational Sponsors

February 17, 2001 | Kim Robinson
Genetically modified foods are made from crops and other organisms that are engineered at the genetic level to contain traits from unrelated organisms. New types of plants are made by cutting, joining, and transferring genes between unrelated species, seeking to create foods with new traits, such as being more resistant to freezing temperatures, less dependent on chemical pesticides, or remaining Read More
Knowledge Center | Book Chapter

Developing a model for institutional shareholder responsiveness

February 17, 2001 | Kim Robinson
Corporations are growing in importance in terms of their impact on the lives of people while, at the same time, other institutions are exerting less influence. In order to harness this force for the social good, and to move toward sustainable social and economic systems, it is crucial to improve the responsiveness of corporations to their various stakeholders. Read More
Knowledge Center | Book Chapter

Common Characteristics and Lessons Learned

February 17, 2001 | Kim Robinson
Ten years after launching its first funder collaboration, The Philanthropic Collaborative has tackled and solved many problems faced by new collaborative endeavors. Several key approaches which contributed to these accomplishments are described in this section. Read More
Knowledge Center | Article

Family Foundation Feud

Twenty years ago, Anita's parents set up the Hamfield Family Foundation to support worthy institutions in their hometown. They and their accountant became the foundation's trustees and Anita agreed to act as their primary program officer. Although the foundation's stated mission allowed for a broad charitable program, she developed a program strategy focusing on arts and culture. Read More
Knowledge Center | Report

The Five Percent Minimum Payout Requirement

December 1, 2000 | Council on Foundations
The purpose behind the minimum payout requirement is to prevent foundations from simply receiving gifts, investing the assets and never spending any funds on charitable purposes. This report, developed by the Council on Foundations, describes the payout requirement, how to calculate payout, penalties for violating the rule, and other details relating to this important requirement for private foundations. Read More