Are You Prepared to Operate Your Family’s Philanthropy in a Disaster?

This is a guest post by Susan Crites Price, and it was originally posted on The National Center for Family Philanthropy’s blog Family Giving News on November 15, 2009. Like a lot of smaller funders, the 20-year-old McCarthy Family Foundation operated out of Treasurer Tim McCarthy’s home office. He learned a lot of important lessons about disasters the hard way after his home was among the hundreds of properties destroyed in the October 2007 San Diego wildfires. The foundation had no disaster evacuation or recovery plan. And it is in good company, according to Kris Putnam-Walkerly, president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., who has helped San Francisco Bay Area funders develop a plan to prepare for a major local disaster. … Continue reading Are You Prepared to Operate Your Family’s Philanthropy in a Disaster?

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Trends in Family Philanthropy Survey: Share Your Story

Share your voice and experiences in an exciting new benchmarking study: the Trends in Family Philanthropy Research Initiative. Click here to take the survey . The study will be the most comprehensive look at family philanthropy ever conducted. Learn how your giving program compares to the practices of other families. Find out what new directions families are interested in pursuing and what the trends in next gen involvement, impact measurement, and new giving vehicles could mean for the field. Results will be released at the National Forum on Family Philanthropy from October 14 – 16 in Seattle, WA. Be a part of this exciting new research – take the survey today. Major funding for this effort is provided by J.P. Morgan Chase … Continue reading Trends in Family Philanthropy Survey: Share Your Story

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11 Paths to Effective Giving

This blog was originally published on June 4, 2015 by Andy Carroll on PhilanthroFiles, the blog of Exponent Philanthropy.  It is reposted here with permission. It’s common for Exponent Philanthropy members who’ve made significant impact to reflect back and say, “Money wasn’t the most important thing. It was really about being a catalyst, making things happen.” Philanthropy is more than transferring money. It’s about using passion, knowledge, connections, advocacy, and dollars to make change on important issues. Central to success is listening, learning, leveraging, and leading. Yet when we teach and write about grantmaking, we fixate on how best to carry out a bureaucratic, paper-based, transactional process for getting money out the door. Guidelines, applications, due diligence, dockets, decision processes, … Continue reading 11 Paths to Effective Giving

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How Flexible Are You, Really?

I recently had the pleasure of helping to tell the story of an incredible grantmaking initiative at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust called “Healthy Places NC.” This is an effort to improve health and wellness in several of North Carolina’s poorest counties, but the activities that are part of this effort are all community designed and community driven. Rather than designing the rules of engagement for this initiative, the Trust sees itself as a learning partner and team member. It has even redefined the roles of its program officers to accommodate the nature of this initiative, getting them out from behind desks and transforming them into community connectors and resource agents whose main job is to support local residents … Continue reading How Flexible Are You, Really?

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