Public or Private: the Empowered Choice

Posted on November 4, 2001 by Pamela Gerloff

Fear can cause people to keep the amount of money they have a secret, but the choice of how much to disclose should be an informed one based on personal values and beliefs. This article offers guidelines for making this choice, suggesting risk assessment, seeking support, and allowing adequate time for the decision… Read More

The seven principles of firmly centered grantmakers

Posted on September 18, 2001 by Lee Draper

From their first day on the job, grantmakers can be pulled by the privileges of their position to become aloof or patronizing to grantseekers. Experienced grantmakers say this can best be avoided by having strong personal values that are sustained by formal programs in the foundation. Here are seven ways… Read More

Discretionary Grants: Encouraging Participation… or Dividing Families?

Posted on August 5, 2001 by Jason Born

The practice of discretionary grantmaking brings out a wide variety of responses. This Passages Issue Brief looks at the common reasons that families use or opt not to use discretionary grants, and the typical process that is used to make these types of grants. The paper also examines how different approaches to discretionary grants can support or hinder the work… Read More

When generations disagree

Posted on July 18, 2001 by Foundation News and Commentary

George and his siblings created a foundation as a memorial to their mother, her values and ethics, and the way she helped people during her lifetime. The formal grantmaking guidelines are fairly general; the foundation’s key criterion boils down to a question: ‘Would mom have made these grants?’ But now some grandchildren who have joined the board feel quite the… Read More

But I Don’T Have Time!

Posted on October 24, 1999 by Anne Slepian, Christopher Mogil

As the accompanying chart indicates, many of us experience scarcity of time as one of the biggest obstacles to increasing our giving. Our lives already feel impossibly full with work, children, or other interests. For those who feel caught in this extremely common impasse, we offer the steps below as an elegant way to resolve the "lack of time" issue… Read More

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