Kevin Laskowski previously served as the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s research and policy associate. He joined NCRP in 2009 as field associate, successfully coordinating membership services and supporting the field department in national partnerships, collaboratives, and other special initiatives. Prior to joining NCRP, Kevin served as a program coordinator for the National Center for Family Philanthropy

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How to create and make the most out of our foundation’s mission statement?

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Kevin Laskowski

We have received inquiries from many family foundations who are trying to craft a mission statement for the first time or are re-imagining their current mission. This Ask the Center is excerpted from a 2007 piece written by Kevin Laskowksi “Where We Go From Here: Crafting a Family Mission Statement”. ` Would you tell me, please, which way I ought… Read More
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Igniting the spark, part II: How do next gen boards work and how do we create one?

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Kevin Laskowski, Katie Marcus Reker, Annie Hernandez

Part 2 of 2 The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards.”  Giving families prepare their younger members for potential board service in a variety of ways, as… Read More

Igniting the Spark – Creating Effective Next Gen Boards

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Annie Hernandez, Katie Marcus Reker, Kevin Laskowski

This Passages Issue Brief introduces an increasingly popular method for preparing the next generation for philanthropic service: the next generation or junior board. The paper covers the variety of purposes for establishing next generation boards and how they are typically structured, explores how foundations use next generation boards as a tool for engaging younger family members, and describes options for preparing younger… Read More
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Five Questions for Effectiveness

Posted on September 15, 2008 by 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

The Tow Foundation: Revamping the Juvenile Justice System Through Advocacy

Posted on September 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

Today, the foundation’s staff members commit more than 50 percent of their time to advocacy and collaboration with public and private partners to improve the lives of children involved in or at risk of involvement in the Connecticut juvenile justice system. With support from the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, which the foundation co-founded in 2001, their strategic approach led to… Read More

All Hands on Deck: Next Gen Board Promotes New Leadership

Posted on July 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

A few summers ago, the board of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation issued a challenge to young family members. Gathered at a family-owned resort in San Diego for the family’s annual meeting, the fourth generation of Welk family members was told about a local shelter for homeless families. The shelter hosted a preschool and therapeutic learning center that needed a… Read More
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Giving in Tough Times

Posted on June 15, 2008 by 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
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Perpetuity is a very long time

Posted on May 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

Families choose to create a perpetual foundation for a number of reasons. The Castle family’s decision to create a perpetual foundation, now the nation’s oldest family foundation, in 1894 was a combination of Mary Castle’s vision of a “century-long project” in Hawaii and a little historical circumstance… Read More
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Strategic Giving: a Balancing Act

Posted on April 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

Giving families walk a fine line balancing social impact and family unity. With scarce resources and great needs, many families want every grant to have the most impact possible. At the same time, they are collectively engaged in a family enterprise whose members often have diverse interests, live in different places, and have very different preferences for what to fund… Read More
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Families on the Hill

Posted on March 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

At a time of great media and regulatory scrutiny of the philanthropic sector, 300 foundation representatives from 35 states and the District of Columbia took the time to gather in Washington, DC earlier this month for the 14th annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). … Read More

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