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FEATURE ARTICLE: Leading Through Change: Advice from and for Seasoned CEOs (March 2014 FGN)

Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from Leading Through Change: Advice from and for Seasoned CEOs, a new guide for family foundation CEOs being released in April as part of NCFP’s ongoing CEO Initiative. The guide will be available for … Continue reading

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VICE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: What was it that I missed? (March 2014 FGN)

“What was it that I missed?” A simple question with a complex answer many times. This question was posed by an experienced family foundation CEO during a recent call of our Issues Advisory Committee.  The committee—formed to make sure we … Continue reading

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ASK THE CENTER: How Do You Choose Grants Management Software? (March 2014 FGN)

Grantmaking programs are complicated to manage. Even the relatively small programs can involve tracking dozens of applications, reviewers, requirements, and payments. But grants management software applications can help by saving grantmakers time, making their processes more effective and transparent, and … Continue reading

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VOICES FROM THE FIELD: Diversity as a Family Affair (March 2014 FGN)

By Cole Wilbur, Trustee of the David & Lucille Packard Foundation What value can diversity bring to the work of family foundations? First of all, diversity is now more interwoven into the fabric of our society, including our neighborhoods, education, … Continue reading

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FRIENDS FOCUS: News and Notes from the National Center’s Friends of the Family Network (March 2014 FGN)

Friends Focus is a special feature of Family Giving News that highlights members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work with family foundations and advised funds. Are you a current Friend of the National Center and have an … Continue reading

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Four Critical Elements for Generational Succession (February 2014 FGN)

Dear FGN Readers: The National Center for Family Philanthropy fields hundreds of questions about family giving over the phone, through email, and in person every year.  Thousands more use the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center to search for answers on … Continue reading

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FEATURE ARTICLE: Stone Soup: Community Based Advocacy at The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

A Conversation with Nancy Leonard, David Nee, and Carmen Siberon of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund on Community Based Advocacy Children and storytelling have always been at the heart of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. It is only fitting that … Continue reading

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MARCH 13th WEBINAR: So Far So Fast – A Family Foundation Finds its Focus (February 2014 FGN)

Thursday, March 13th, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) How does a family foundation with no defined mission, no staff, no structure and a family that was never brought into the fold pull itself together to fashion a high performing foundation … Continue reading

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ASK THE CENTER: How to use data visualization to better tell your story (February 2014 FGN)

Guest post by Ann K. Emery, an evaluator at Innovation Network Memos and metrics, emails and texts, newsletters and reports: Is your organization suffering from information overload? We consume 34 gigabytes, or 100,500 words, of information every day. Our brains … Continue reading

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VOICES FROM THE FIELD: Breaking Up and Moving On: A Staff Member’s Perspective on the Dissolution of a Family Foundation (February 2014 FGN)

We knew the outcome before the votes were cast. The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation – the proud embodiment of a fortunate family’s abiding compassion – would be split apart. It was October 2010. As a relatively new staff … Continue reading

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FRIENDS FOCUS: News and Notes from the National Center’s Friends of the Family Network (February 2014 FGN)

Friends Focus is a special feature of Family Giving News that highlights members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work with family foundations and advised funds. Are you a current Friend of the National Center and have an … Continue reading

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VICE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Listening, learning, growing (January 2014 FGN)

Dear FGN Readers: Welcome to a new year – here at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, we find ourselves energized and excited about the possibilities of the year ahead. We spent much of the past year listening and reflecting. … Continue reading

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FEATURE: Positive Tracks: A Story of Generation Next Philanthropy (January 2014 FGN)

By Gioia C. Perugini, Associate Director of Philanthropic Advisory and Family Office Services, Hemenway & Barnes LLP and Nini Meyer, Founder/Director, Positive Tracks and Trustee, Jane B. Cook Charitable Trusts Much has been written about the “next generation” and its … Continue reading

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FEBRUARY 13th WEBINAR: Telling Your Story to Maximize Community Impact (January 2014 FGN)

Thursday, February 13th, 12 to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) You work hard to ensure you are maximizing community impact but do you have all the tools in your toolbox to lift up your grantees? Learn how new media tools can help … Continue reading

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ASK THE CENTER: How to Create and Make the Most Out of Your Mission Statement (January 2014 FGN)

We have received inquiries from many family foundations who are trying to craft a mission statement for the first time or are re-imagining their current mission.  This month’s Ask the Center is excerpted from a 2007 piece written by Kevin … Continue reading

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