Quote of the Month Posts

Capacity building: The central role of general operating support

Posted on July 29, 2014

"Don't underestimate the real value of general operations grants as a simple but critical capacity-building strategy. Gen op grants are the trip-wire that triggers everything else that can happen to make improvements, and provide the flexibility within the agency to really have the dollars to allocate...

Dr. Richard Rockefeller: In memoriam

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 23, 2014

NCFP was deeply saddened earlier this month upon news of the death of Richard Rockefeller. Richard was part of the opening plenary for our 10th anniversary symposium with his daughter, Rebecca. He was a remarkable man, whose many roles included serving as a physician who worked on PTSD for war veterans...

Generation Next: A collective force

Posted by Nini Meyer on January 25, 2014

"This is giving back. This is making a difference. Not only are we raising funds for a children's hospital, but every person who's involved with this is transformed at this moment. We're all helping, and we're a collective force."  -- Nini Meyer, Founder/Director, Positive Tracks and Trustee, Jane B....

The value of transparency

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 20, 2013

"In the world of philanthropy, people are either going to trust us and see us as a transparent, honest broker or they're not. And if we demonstrate transparency and honesty along the way, we tend to get that back. And if we don't, we tend not to get that back."  --Rachel Monroe, President, Harry and...

Taking on big challenges

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on November 25, 2013

"Our trustees believe that you take on big challenges - and that you are in for the long haul."  - Ira Hirschfield,President, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund Source: "Haas family on forefront of aid to gay marriage,"San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, October 25th

Agreeing to disagree

Posted on October 25, 2013

"There is tremendous creativity that comes from agreeing to disagree at the board table."  -- Richard Woo, CEO, Russell Family Foundation. Source: NCFP October 2013 Webinar on "Creating a Culture of Learning for Your Board and Family"

A strong base

Posted on September 25, 2013

"If we can leave four children in this world with a strong base of philanthropy, then hopefully, we quadruple the difference we've been able to make."  -- Chip Patterson, Board Member and Donor, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Source: NCFP August 2013 Webinar on  "Families and Community...

Remembering a visionary businessman and philanthropist

Posted on August 25, 2013

"My grandfather was a true visionary in every sense of the word. He was a bold, entrepreneurial risk-taker who was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in and always willing to take the long view in tackling the problems before him. Our foundation will continue to reflect these characteristics...

Being a (next gen) leader

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 25, 2013

"I have learned a lot about how to be a leader; this means learning how to set goals and deadlines and meet them, what to do when you don't, how to work patiently with other people, how to ask for what you want without being demanding, what it means to run a meeting (create bylaws, appoint a secretary...

Making the choice to participate

Posted on June 25, 2013

"I have never felt obligated to serve on the next gen board. I know that being on the board is a personal choice I am welcome to change at any moment. I think everyone on the board needs to make sure they chose to be on the board because they want to be, not out of obligation. Obligation changes your...

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