Posts by Kevin Laskowski

Mapping change: Discovering your giving niche

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on March 15, 2007

Effective and meaningful family philanthropy channels a family’s passions, interests, beliefs, values, and resources for a social good. Maintaining this delicate balance between private values and public virtue can position giving families for their most inspiring and innovative grants, but it also...

Where we go from here: Crafting a family mission statement

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on February 15, 2007

` Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ [asked Alice]. `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.`I don’t much care where–’ said Alice.`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Unlike the...

A year with the giving family

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on January 15, 2007

This year, the National Center for Family Philanthropy celebrates ten years of inspiring family giving. To mark the occasion, Family Giving News invites you to spend “A Year with the Giving Family.” What follows is a calendar of activities designed to engage you and your family in a new philanthropic...

Saying Goodbye: Strategic Exits for Family Funds

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on November 25, 2006

The phrase “exit strategy” came to the philanthropic world from the world of venture capital after a brief stint in the military. Venture capitalists look to sell a fledgling enterprise or take a company public, exit strategies that guarantee a return on their investments. Similarly, venture...

Geographic Dispersion: Opportunities for Far-flung Families

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on September 15, 2006

Among all the challenges that family philanthropies of all types face, giving families increasingly find themselves struggling with geography. In 2000, the National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Foundation Center found that the grants of a vast majority of family foundations were committed to...

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