Philanthropic Purpose in Action

Posted on January 25, 2023

Philanthropic purpose matters whether you are just beginning your work or are a long-established family philanthropy. But what are the benefits of articulating your philanthropic purpose and what does it look like in action? We explore how The Helen J. Serini Foundation has used its core values to guide its work and how the David Rockefeller Fund revisited its philanthropic… Read More

Conflict of Interest Policy (George Family Foundation)

Posted on July 22, 2022 by George Family Foundation

The George Family Foundation (GFF) is committed to avoiding transactions or arrangements that give rise to a conflict of interest, potential conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest. POTENTIAL Personal-Gain CONFLICTS No less than once a year, GFF Directors and staff will review a list of all GFF grantees, vendors, and other business partners — disclosing… Read More

Breaking Up: Division in Family Philanthropy

Posted on May 20, 2022 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

This Passages is part two of a two-part series on divorce and division in family philanthropy, featuring tips for what board and staff can do to plan ahead for potential change. The second part includes stories and advice from those who have been through, or advised, families as they divided their philanthropy. Learn more by reading part one, Breaking Up:… Read More

Breaking Up: Divorce in Family Philanthropy

Posted on February 18, 2022 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

This Passages guide is part one of a two-part series on divorce and division in family philanthropy, featuring tips for what board and staff members can do to prepare and cope. This first part includes case studies on family foundations who have navigated divorce, questions to consider when developing board policies, and perspectives on the implications of divorce on assets… Read More

Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation Between Nick Tedesco and June Wilson

Posted on January 19, 2022 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, June L. Wilson

Prior to Nick Tedesco’s official start as president and CEO of the National Center for Family (NCFP), he attended NCFP’s conference where Edgar Villanueva discussed white supremacy and racism in philanthropy. In a candid conversation with Compton Foundation Executive Director June Wilson, Nick reflects on his reaction to Edgar’s session at the Forum and how that was a catalyst on… Read More

Moving Strategy to Action: Meet NCFP’s New CIO

Posted on December 8, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Miki Akimoto to the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) team as our inaugural chief impact officer. In this new role, Miki will partner with our President and CEO, Nick Tedesco, to implement an ambitious strategic plan: aligning and integrating relationship management, revenue, and program strategies, enhancing sector partnerships, and ensuring a strong measurement and… Read More
Voices from the Field

Strengthening Your Board’s Decision-making Process

Posted on July 13, 2021 by Ann Shulman

This blog post is excerpted from the new Passages Issue Brief: Demystifying Decision Making in Family Philanthropy How does your Board of Directors make decisions? Do you gather around a table with a clear, concise packet of relevant materials, a well-prepared agenda that spells out which decision-making process will be used, then calmly discuss various proposals until you reach a decision… Read More

Demystifying Decision Making in Family Philanthropy

Posted on June 10, 2021 by Ann Shulman

This Passages Issue Brief examines the kinds of decisions that family foundations often face and sets out practical, easy-to-apply guidelines for ensuring that the foundation’s decision-making methods vary appropriately, as conditions and circumstances change. It includes factors to consider when selecting a decision-making method, guidance on how to communicate clearly, simple tools to help make good decisions, and short case… Read More