Kevin Laskowski

Former Program Coordinator, National Center for Family Philanthropy

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, Andrea Hernandez Rodriguez

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 Andrea Hernandez Rodriguez, 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 family members for governance and grantmaking… 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
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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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The 20 Habits of Highly Effective Philanthropists

Posted on February 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

“Foundations do not need a lot of money to be effective,” declared philanthropy icon Paul Ylvisaker in his 1989 essay Small Can Be Effective. “If, indeed, they were to exploit only a fraction of the strategies available to them, their individual and collective impact on American life would be vastly and beneficially expanded.” Ylvisaker’s essay listed 20 functions of philanthropic… Read More
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Encouraging Young Philanthropists, Part Two

Posted on January 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

Last month’s Family Giving News tackled the question of how today’s giving families encourage children to be generous. This month’s issue asks: how can charitable children become effective family philanthropists? How does a family prepare the next generation for possible roles as board members, fund advisors, or philanthropic donors in their own right?… Read More