Elaine Gast Fawcett is a philanthropy advisor, communications and grantmaking strategist, and storyteller with 20+ years serving multigenerational family foundations, nonprofits, and grantmaker associations. She is the published author of 12 field-respected books for grantmakers, and hundreds of articles, tools, case studies, and guides for family philanthropists, and a long-time contributing writer and editor for NCFP. Reach Elaine at PhilanthropyCommunications.com or LinkedIn.
If there’s one thing I’m hearing in sessions and social hours at NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Forum, it’s about how important it is in family philanthropy to listen… Read More
Managing Your Family Foundation
Posted on September 21, 2017 by Elaine Gast Fawcett
This resource is an excerpt of Chapter 9 from “Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-creating Your Family Foundation”… Read More
In Times of Growth: Planning for an Influx of Assets
Posted on October 9, 2015 by Elaine Gast Fawcett
An influx of assets is a powerful transition point in your philanthropy. With rising resources comes the budding potential to do more of what you’re already doing—or, perhaps, try something new. This Passages Issue Brief will help you plan now for growth tomorrow, and manage change if you’re in the midst of it today… Read More
Planning for an Influx of Assets
Posted on September 10, 2015 by Tara Brown, Katherine Lorenz, Elaine Gast Fawcett
An influx of assets—whether sudden or expected—is a powerful transition point in your family’s philanthropy. With rising resources comes the budding potential to do more of what you’re already doing: making a difference according to your foundation’s mission. For family foundations—particularly those for whom the influx comes as a complete surprise—a change in asset size can feel downright disorienting. … Read More
Planning for an Influx of Assets
Posted on August 26, 2015 by Elaine Gast Fawcett
An influx of assets is a powerful transition point in your family’s philanthropy. With rising resources comes the budding potential to do more of what you’re already doing – or, perhaps, to try something new. Either way, additional resources will often provide your foundation with new options for making a difference according to your foundation’s mission. … Read More
Avoiding Avoidance: Addressing and Managing Conflict in Family Philanthropy
Posted on June 9, 2015 by Elaine Gast Fawcett
Conflict is normal in any family or organization. In this issue of Passages, you’ll learn about the most common conflicts in family philanthropy, the creative “tactics” some boards use to perpetuate the avoidance, and how you can use simple tools to address conflict in a healthy, productive way… Read More
Avoiding Avoidance: Addressing and Managing Conflict
Posted on November 13, 2014 by Bobbi Hapgood, Lisa Parker, Elaine Gast Fawcett
Conflict is neither inherently good nor bad. Conflict will always occur in an organization that's growing, evolving, and changing. On this webinar, we’ll explore typical situations where families might find themselves falling into the avoidance trap, along with useful strategies for ‘avoiding avoidance’ and other related tips and tools for managing family conflict… Read More
17 Charitable Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Posted on February 15, 2011 by Elaine Gast Fawcett
This Valentine’s Day, forget the wining and dining. Do something that matters. Like many people, I’ve had good Valentine’s Days and well, not so good. The not-so-good dates back to middle school, when I, like many of my classmates, anxiously awaited one of those pink-dyed carnations from what I hoped would be a secret admirer. Much to my dismay, the… Read More
Real estate: The grant that keeps on giving
Posted on April 15, 2009 by Elaine Gast Fawcett
“At a time like this, we need to stop investing in treasuries and bonds and start investing directly in our communities.” —Tom Parker, Hutton Foundation As a family fund these days, you might feel like crawling into a corner and licking your endowment losses. But look on the bright side. Trying times can inspire positive change—and a chance to get… Read More
Principled Planning: A Guide for Family Foundation Retreats
Posted on November 5, 2006 by Elaine Gast Fawcett
In 2005, the Council on Foundations developed a set of Stewardship Principles to help family foundation board members govern, manage and lead their family foundations. These principles were based on more than a year’s worth of work, with input from hundreds of family foundation executives and trustees as well as other experts including academics, attorneys, and even an ethicist. This… Read More
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