Voices from the Field Posts
The Wilson Foundation embarked on strategic planning to revisit their giving priorities, but they quickly realized their impact goals would be successful only if they had the proper governance structure. In this blog, they share the rewards and challenges of their board succession planning process.
by Allen Smart
on May 10, 2019
Family philanthropy has been present in rural America long before there was even the thought of a field of philanthropy. With a robustly developed body of work that is rural-specific and not just urban downsized, family funders have the opportunity to support the kind of long-term systems change necessary for rural communities to spark and sustain.
The search for NCFP’s next President & CEO has begun! This is an exceptional opportunity to lead the only national nonprofit devoted exclusively to the needs of giving families and those who work with them. The new President & Chief Executive Officer will be only the second in NCFP’s history.
In a follow-up to Generations of Giving, NCFP is now co-sponsoring a research project with LGA to explore how complex, multigenerational business families are using a variety of vehicles beyond their family foundations to pursue philanthropic goals—including their personal philanthropy, donor-advised funds and more.
on May 3, 2019
Family foundations have long been a philanthropic mainstay on the Southern landscape, making pathbreaking investments to advance a region that lags the nation in the overall level of foundation assets. Today, the South needs more and different philanthropy to close the gaps and open the possibilities of our region and its people.
by Sara Southwood
on April 25, 2019
Our family stories help us get to know ourselves by understanding those who came before us, as well as help cultivate empathy for our own family. Understanding your own story and "thickening a thin narrative" will help inform how your family can move forward in your giving.
by Clara Miller
on April 16, 2019
Our mission at the Heron Foundation is to help people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Back in 2012, we... decided to invest 100 percent of our endowment towards fulfilling our mission, by fiscal year end 2017… We achieved that goal on December 21, 2016. Now, shouldn’t we be relaxing a bit? Well, of course not.
by Prentice Zinn
on April 10, 2019
Familiar opening and closing traditions can foster better board meetings. Traditions are an important ingredient of a healthy organizational culture. Our favorite foundation meetings balance the often hurried and transactional work of governance with small traditions at each board meeting. Traditions promote a sense of identity and connection.
by Bernadette Wright
on April 8, 2019
How do you decide what data to collect to track your outcomes and progress? Bernadette Wright gives practical tips for nonprofits to collect data that will measure their outcomes—advice that is completely applicable to giving families measuring their philanthropic impact.
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by Bill Leighty
, Jen Crino
and Hiba Seager
on April 4, 2019
NCFP recently spoke with Bill Leighty about how he’s helped keep the Leighty Foundation’s memories alive by recording its history. While many foundations use external production companies, Bill created his family’s legacy videos himself—using his own technological know-how, video equipment, and dedication. Learn how you can capture your family's story!