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Leveraging Deep Community Ties: Rural Funders Tackle COVID-19

Posted on May 8, 2020 by Allen Smart

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The philanthropic response to COVID-19 has been dominated by three separate but interconnected themes: (1) Relaxation of standard reporting requirements, programmatic restrictions and timelines, (2) Advocacy for funders to extend themselves past standard 5% payout spending policies and (3) Creation of emergency funding pools or other rapid response structures. While all are worthy of consideration, these trends are not groundbreaking… Read More
Friends Focus

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

Posted on May 5, 2020

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. This month features updates from the Bainum Family Foundation, Frey Foundation, Hill-Snowdon Foundation, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Phillips Family Foundation, Self Family Foundation, Sobrato Family Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Tarsadia Foundation, and Tracy Family Foundation. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member… Read More
In the Field

Hoffberger Family’s Legacy of Giving is Bound by Two Pandemics

Posted on May 5, 2020 by Alison Fass, Amy Segal Shorey

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Fourth generation Hoffberger family members gathered in April to begin the final phase of their foundation’s strategic planning process that started nine months ago with GMA Foundations consultant Amy Shorey. The world has changed since then, yet the themes that connect current trustees with previous generations of their family, and with the communities they love, have not. Seven Hoffberger brothers… Read More
Voices from the Field

Resiliency Starts at Home

Posted on May 4, 2020 by Brittany Kienker

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My children are too young to understand COVID-19 or its global impact. All they know is that their mum and dad are at home, working far more hours than usual. When they are older, we will tell them about the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope that we can tell them that we persevered. They can learn about the families that spent… Read More
From the President's Desk

A Conversation with Dr. Chris Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Posted on May 1, 2020 by Dr. Christopher Murray, Nicholas A. Tedesco

NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco recently interviewed Dr. Chris Murray, Chair and Professor of Health Metric Sciences and Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. IHME has been a leader in COVID-19 data capturing and projections. Dr. Murray discussed the role of IHME in providing evidence-based COVID-19 data to the public, latest… Read More
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Values, Kids, Philanthropy, and COVID-19

Posted on April 29, 2020 by Katie Scott

We’re eating more meals together than we ever have before. We are getting to know our neighbors better. We see our child or children more hours of the day, and many of us are fortunate enough to hear the sounds of toys and giggles filling our homes. Ok, while all of these facts are true (and my son is adorable… Read More
Friends Focus

Richard M. Hunt: A Powerful Mind, a Passionate Soul, and Gentle Grace

Posted on April 23, 2020 by Virginia M. Esposito

Richard Hunt
Given the many arenas where Richard Hunt studied, worked, lived and gave over his 93 years, I might have met him in any one of them. It might have been as a German scholar who tirelessly worked to promote transatlantic mutual understanding, most particularly between Germany and the United States. He taught that subject and more at Harvard University and… Read More
Voices from the Field

Rethinking “Us” and “Them” in Family Philanthropy

Posted on April 22, 2020 by Ashley Blanchard, Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D.

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In the past few weeks, we have been inundated with information about how philanthropy can respond to this pandemic. Many emergency and collaborative funds are being formed by reputable intermediaries, making it easier to get money into the hands of those who need it most. It’s heartening to see the clear and consistent messages coming from all parts of the sector: assure your grantee partners that you have their back; keep your funding flexible; support both immediate needs and long-term recovery; and focus on the most vulnerable. We’ve learned these lessons from other crises and need to apply them now… Read More
Voices from the Field

Stories From China: Donors Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on April 21, 2020 by Ying Lu

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The Chinese city where the new coronavirus became endemic in January—Wuhan, in Hubei Province—lifted its 76-day lockdown on Wednesday, April 8. About 65,000 people were expected to leave Wuhan to meet their families or go back to their work place by train and plane. While the whole country is celebrating the unlocking of Wuhan and embracing a normal life we… Read More
Featured Article

Philanthropy in the Time of COVID-19

Posted on April 17, 2020 by Carmen Rojas

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published here and is re-posted with permission. What are we going to do to shift the balance of power & resources? Over the last couple of weeks, foundations and donors have made proclamations about how this crisis will change their giving practice. Many have tried to prove how the crisis has been a turning… Read More

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