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Takeaways Blog on Building a Social Impact Strategy and Approach

Posted on June 16, 2021 byJen Crino

Courtesy of Mikael Blomkvist from Pexels This blog summarizes key notes from our June Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. A social impact strategy is the fundamental element of a family philanthropy effort. The practice of grantmaking actualizes the motivations of a donor, advances their values, and accomplishes their aims and objectives. However, it requires careful planning and consideration. A family…Read More
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Intentional Collaboration is a Group Effort (Part 1 of 4)

Posted on June 10, 2021 byDebi Blizard,Zoe True

Courtesy of Brooke Cagle on Unsplash As philanthropists lean into global challenges like climate change and economic inequality, it is easy to see that no one person or organization can shift the tide on these issues by themselves. To move the needle on these complex problems we must understand how to work together better, both externally with our partners as…Read More
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Generational Challenges in a Family Foundation

Posted on June 9, 2021 byBarbara Randell

Photo via Adobe Stock Photos Understanding generational differences can be confusing (if we’re even thinking about it). Have you heard the ringing refrain “Ok Boomer!” or “Damn Millennials!”? We certainly have. For the first time in history, our family’s philanthropy has five unique generations working and serving together on boards: Traditionalists (b.1927-1946), Boomers (b. 1943-1963), Generation X (b.1964-1980), Generation Y…Read More
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The Art of Working Together at Our Family Foundation

Posted on May 27, 2021 bySharon Shapiro,Shira Ruderman

Courtesy of the Ruderman Family Foundation. From left to right is Sharon Shapiro, Jay Ruderman, and Shira Ruderman. “Do not go into business with family.” It is a common warning—and we could not disagree more. Our personal and professional worlds collided 20 years ago when we became sisters-in-law and, later, colleagues at the Ruderman Family Foundation. Growing up, both of…Read More
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后连r Like No Other, Three Foundation Leaders Talk About What Changed and What Comes Next

Posted on May 26, 2021 byDavid Callahan,James Canales,Crystal Hayling,Carmen Rojas

This article was originally published by Inside Philanthropy and is re-posted here with permission. The transcribed conversation comes from a plenary session at NCFP’s 2021 CEO Retreat. How well philanthropy responded to the events of the past 14 months—a period of so much trauma and suffering—is a topic sure to be debated for many years to come. And, of course,…Read More
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Shifting Our Approach to Traditional Reporting Relationships

Posted on May 24, 2021 byDrew Payne

Courtesy of fauxels from Pexels I have long sat at the intersection of philanthropy and technology. My parents started the Payne Family Foundation 25 years ago, committed to organizations focused on youth development, education and healthcare. At the heart of our giving is a relationship-based approach to support mission-aligned grantees with flexible capital and open communication lines, creating space to…Read More
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Legacy in Family Philanthropy: A Modern Framework

Posted on May 20, 2021 byJanice Simsohn Shaw

Courtesy of Monstera From Pexels This blog post is excerpted from NCFP’s new report Legacy in Family Philanthropy: A Modern Framework Historically, legacy in family philanthropy has been considered from a retrospective point of view. From an external vantage point, legacy has often been seen as the sum philanthropic impact of a family, the culmination of its efforts. That is,…Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Demystifying Decision Making

Posted on May 18, 2021 byJen Crino

Courtesy of fauxels from Pexels This blog summarizes key notes from our May Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar. Philanthropic families employ a wide range of models to make decisions—from unilateral authority to consensus. However, identifying the appropriate structure is often a challenge and can serve as a barrier to effective philanthropic practices. Developing an appropriate decision-making framework for distinct situations…Read More
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The Gift of Being Heard and Working in Partnership

Posted on May 12, 2021 byAlliance Magazine,Gwen Shivers,Pam Savoy-Weaver

Courtesry of Christina Morillo from Pexels This article was originally published by Alliance Magazine and is re-posted here with permission. It can be easy to invest money in an attempt to fix problems. But money alone can’t build trust or change. That work starts with how you treat people. Fortunately, for the families of Detroit’s northwest neighborhood of Brightmoor, the network…Read More