Voices from the Field Posts

Building an Economy for All: How Philanthropic Families Can Help

Posted by Kate McAdams and Cyrus Kharas on March 27, 2019

Providing equitable access to the capital entrepreneurs need to build their businesses is essential to creating a just society and to realizing our full economic potential. Unfortunately, a growing body of research shows that deeply embedded biases currently restrict access to capital for businesses led by women and people of color.

Archiving and Preserving Your Family Legacy

Posted by Wil Weldon on March 18, 2019

We’ve recognized that many families have boxes full of old tapes, film reels, paper photographs, certificates, and letters, which tell the stories of our lives. Wil Weldon of Storied Legacy gives practical tips for family that want to preserve their legacies, but don't know where to start.

Amy’s Story: Using Privilege to Promote Equity

Posted by Amy Mandel on March 15, 2019

Amy Mandel of the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund shares how her experiences have shaped her giving and how pausing to reflect on your philanthropic and programmatic offerings can be extremely rewarding. Amy's parents, Barbara and Mort Mandel, directed funds for their children to use philanthropically.

Funders - Take a Tip from Michelangelo

Posted by Elyse C. Pollick Byrnes on March 12, 2019

Evaluation. Learning. Collective Impact. Outcomes. Change. If you live in Foundation Land, chances are you’ve probably heard these words on more than one occasion, probably from your boss or your board (or both!). How does quantifying specific outcomes and indicators affect grantmaking?

Putting the Fun Back into Family Foundation Meetings

Posted by Bobbi Hapgood on March 7, 2019

How do you put the fun and meaningfulness back into the foundation meetings and get everyone effectively engaged? Nonprofit strategist and family foundation board member Bobbi Hapgood invites you to a networking group on putting the fun into foundation.

Six Questions Every Family With Philanthropic Interests Should Ask

Posted by Neus Feliu, Ph.D., Wendy R. Ulaszek, Ph.D. and Devin DeCiantis on February 27, 2019

This list of questions is for families to ask when first exploring the possibility of a common philanthropic project. These can be addressed through personal reflection, a facilitated family workshop, or a dedicated family task force.

Philanthropy Amplified: Four Lessons from One Foundation’s Innovation Prize

Posted by J.M. Kaplan Fund on February 25, 2019

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is a model for rewarding creativity, inclusivity and innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis: An Interview with Mott Foundation’s Ridgway White

Posted by Robert G. Ottenhoff and Ridgway White on February 21, 2019

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s decisive role in working to alleviate the Flint water crisis serves as a model of foundation leadership after a catastrophic event. Though Flint’s disaster was man-made, there are lessons in rapid response, collaboration and visionary grantmaking that are relevant to funders of all types of disasters.

Family Philanthropy in China

Posted by China Global Philanthropy Institute on February 18, 2019

After 40 years of rapid economic growth in the “Reform and Opening Up” era, China now has the second-highest tally of millionaires in the world. These newly wealthy individuals seek to carry on their legacy and to promote social values through family philanthropy.

Going for Broke: How Foundations Sunset, and the Reasons It’s Becoming Popular

Posted by Joanne Florino on February 13, 2019

How and why do foundations sunset? "Going for Broke" discusses the journeys of multiple foundations that have made the decision to spend down.

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