Voices from the Field Posts
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.