Effective Family Philanthropy: Tegan and Brian Acton

Posted on July 14, 2022 by Ade Adeniji

Brian and Tegan Acton
5 Practices Wildcard Giving Has Embraced to Achieve Its Goals Donor-advised funds. Acton Family Giving and Solidarity Giving are donor-advised funds set up at Fidelity Charitable that allow them to take payouts and focus more of that money into the grants. However, these charities also avoid the normal trappings of DAFs, publishing grants, and honoring a minimum payout as if they… Read More

Sixteen Grantmaking Characteristics to Effectively Support Public Policy Advocacy

Posted on July 6, 2022 by Sara Watson, Alliance for Justice

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Created by Bolder Advocacy in partnership with Dr. Sara Watson, this resource outlines the sixteen characteristics of grantmaking that best supports effective policy education and advocacy.  Grantmaking that effectively supports the difficult task of informing and advancing policy change has specific characteristics. Learn about the 1) technical funding structures, 2) the content of what gets funded, and 3) considerations across… Read More

Community Foundation Spark Session: Community Foundation Business Models for Family Philanthropy (Round 5)

Posted on June 23, 2022 by Thomas Griffith, Monica Merante, Heather Cash, Anne McKune, Tony Macklin

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This is NCFP’s fifth deep dive into how community foundations structure their business models for more intensive philanthropic services. Two foundations will serve as case studies, describing how they defined their customer segments, developed their portfolio of programs and services, worked with their board to set goals and success measures, refined their financial model for expanded services, engaged advisors, and more. Their presentations will be based on NCFP’s Philanthropic Services Business… Read More

Grantmaking Reporting Best Practices: Delivering Insights from Your Data to Your Leadership

Posted on June 13, 2022 by David Hazeltine

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This webinar is presented by Blackbaud in partnership with NCFP. Many funders have staff leaders who request robust data and reports to make informed, forward-looking decisions. It can be challenging to balance the information needs of staff leaders with the desire to be a grantmaking institution that limits the administrative burden and reporting requirements of its grantees. When selecting a… Read More

Nonpartisan Advocacy in Partisan Times

Posted on June 6, 2022 by Christine Chen, Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort, Stacey Faella

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Election years provide a great opportunity for foundations and their grantees to highlight issues and interact with candidates and the voting public. However, 501(c)(3)s cannot support or oppose candidates, and must avoid the appearance or reality of electioneering and other partisan activity. This salon will highlight some common pitfalls and provide suggestions and tips for avoiding them. Participants will learn:… Read More

Direct Philanthropy Starter Kit

Posted on March 14, 2022 by Article Group Org

Shift power to local hands, work with the most effective movement leaders, and build long-term community power from the ground up. Our goal is to help new and experienced funders incorporate direct philanthropy as a living practice. We created this starter kit as a lightweight crash course, so you walk away confident and ready to partner directly with communities… Read More

Scaling Your Philanthropy

Posted on January 31, 2022

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Operational and Strategic Approaches for Growing in Scale and Impact The process of scaling can be a pivotal moment—it offers an opportunity to revisit the past and reinvent what is possible for the future. What are the special challenges facing family philanthropies that are preparing for—or in the midst of—a significant scale up in philanthropic assets? As your philanthropy reaches… Read More

Pluralism in Family Philanthropy: Navigating Tensions and Bridging Divides for Impact

Posted on January 19, 2022 by Uma Viswanathan, Tegan Acton, Heather Templeton Dill, Brian Hooks, Nicholas A. Tedesco

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In an increasingly divisive society, people are facing complex, challenging dialogues around politics, ethics, and social issues, struggling to manage perspectives across the political aisle and facilitate healthy discourse with multiple viewpoints. What is taking place on a macro scale is mirrored within individual families—difficult conversations, distinct political and cultural divides, and in many cases gridlock or an inability to… Read More