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The Exit Interview: Lessons Learned, Stories Shared and Memories Treasured from Richard Woo’s 20 Years of Leadership at The Russell Family Foundation

Posted on January 24, 2020 by The Russell Family Foundation

Richard Woo and Kathleen Simpson of the Russell Family Foundation
Editor’s note: This interview originally appeared through The Russell Family Foundation’s website and appears with permission. Original preface: Over the last 20 years, outgoing chief executive officer Richard Woo has led The Russell Family Foundation from its early beginning as he and co-founders George and Jane Russell charted its philanthropic path and giving model all the way to present-day as… Read More
Voices from the Field

4 Questions to Sit With As You Learn to Let Communities Lead

Posted on January 23, 2020 by National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

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Editor’s note: This article by Walter Howell and Lauri Valerio was originally published on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s website and appears with permission. Good things happen when funders shift power to communities. It’s “regenerative.” We “actually get outcomes that work” and “build a groundswell for change.” But it’s hard to “give up power and build trust,” to “learn… Read More
Case Studies

Get Rid of the Go-Between: Jacobs Family Foundation

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Cover of the Passages Issue Brief, Bridging the Power Divide, with a person teaching a few others in a room
As a family funder, how can you acknowledge and responsibly navigate the power of your position? How does the power and privilege you hold affect those you interact with and support? How can you use your power for good—to make lasting impact? This Passages Issue Brief features stories, perspectives, and practical tips on power, and suggestions for how family funders can work… Read More
Case Studies

Trust-based Philanthropy: Satterberg Foundation

Posted on January 13, 2020 by The Whitman Institute

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Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series by the Whitman Institute (TWI), featuring foundations that practice trust-based philanthropy, that acknowledge the power dynamics and realities facing nonprofits, and that invite more authentic relationships and communication with grantees. This piece originally appeared on the Whitman Institute’s website and appears with permission. The Satterberg Foundation is a values-driven family foundation focused on promoting a just… Read More
Case Studies

Transfer Decision Making and Wealth: Chorus Foundation

Posted on January 7, 2020 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Cover of the Passages Issue Brief, Bridging the Power Divide, with a person teaching a few others in a room
As a family funder, how can you acknowledge and responsibly navigate the power of your position? How does the power and privilege you hold affect those you interact with and support? How can you use your power for good—to make lasting impact? This Passages Issue Brief features stories, perspectives, and practical tips on power, and suggestions for how family funders can work… Read More
Voices from the Field

7 Resources to Guide Your Work Toward Inclusive Growth

Posted on January 3, 2020 by Kahler Sweeney

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This piece was originally published through the Johnson Center and appears with permission. This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity, a digital series to explore philanthropy’s role in inclusive economic development and community prosperity. In his most recent article, the Johnson Center’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Juan Olivarez… Read More
Friends Focus

January 2020: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

Posted on December 31, 2019 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

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Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and The Russell Family Foundation. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good news about your foundation that you would like to share with Family Giving News readers? Please… Read More
From the President's Desk

How We Give: Ten Tips for Donors and Families

Posted on December 18, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito

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Editor’s Note: It’s the giving season! NCFP originally published this piece on October 15, 2007. All of the tips and recommendations here remain as relevant today as they were then… There is a lot of justifiable attention paid these days to some of the BIG questions about philanthropy and the philanthropic process: Why give? How much to give? What to… Read More
Voices from the Field

Streamlining for Equity: Your First Two Steps to Take

Posted on December 13, 2019 by Allison Gister

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This piece was originally published on PEAK Grantmaking’s website and appears with permission. Earlier this month, I facilitated a workshop on “Streamlining from the Inside Out” for our Southern California Regional Chapter. PEAK Grantmaking has long-championed the effort to simplify grants management processes and find efficiencies—starting with our “Project Streamline” initiative and, continuing today, through our Principles for Peak Grantmaking… Read More
Voices from the Field

Trust-based Philanthropy: The Durfee Foundation

Posted on December 9, 2019 by The Whitman Institute

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series by the Whitman Institute (TWI), featuring foundations that practice trust-based philanthropy, that acknowledge the power dynamics and realities facing nonprofits, and that invite more authentic relationships and communication with grantees. This piece originally appeared on the Whitman Institute’s website and appears with permission. Since its inception in 1960, the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles… Read More

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