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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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DECEMBER 12th WEBINAR: Adaptive Philanthropy: Giving that Gets Results (November 2013 FGN)

Most families engaged in shared philanthropy aspire to change the world – that’s why you commit your time, energy, and focus to this important work. But many families don’t feel they have appropriate behaviors and tools to maximize the impact … Continue reading

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ASK THE CENTER: What is the biggest threat to nonprofit missions that no one is talking about? (November, 2013 FGN)

By Tim Delaney, President & CEO, National Council of Nonprofits This question is quite timely, given increasing community needs. The Nonprofit Finance Fund’s nationwide research found that in 2012, for the first time in the history of that organization’s surveys, … Continue reading

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FEATURE: #Family #Philanthropy and Social Media: A Conversation with @KateWolford, President of @McKnightFdn (August 2013 FGN)

Thinking about entering the world of Twitter, but not sure whether it’s a good use of your time? Not sure what to tweet about, who to follow, or how to measure and maximize the value of your time spent on … Continue reading

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ASK THE CENTER: How do we help the leaders of our grantees find the peer support they need? (April 2013 FGN)

By The Pierce Family Foundation JJ Hanley faced a situation well known to nonprofit executives: the number of volunteers that wanted to help was outstripping the agency’s capacity to manage them.  Operating with a small staff, volunteers were key to … Continue reading

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ASK THE CENTER: How do I know if I have a great collaboration? (December 2012 FGN)

The National Center hosted a special webinar on the topic of “Avoiding Leaky Pipes: Enhancing Donor-Grantee Collaboration” this past October. On the webinar Susan Wolf Ditkoff, a partner in the Boston office of the Bridgespan Group,  provided a “litmus test” … Continue reading

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FEATURE: Avoiding Leaky Pipes: Enhancing Donor-Grantee Collaboration (July 2012 FGN)

Editor’s Note: In this month’s FGN, Thomas J. Tierney and Richard M. Steele of The Bridgespan Group offer thoughts on how donors and grantees can overcome persistent traps to true collaboration, and get better results for society. The below article … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Can Private Foundations Serve as Fiscal Sponsors? (October 2011 FGN)

By Andras Kosaras, Associate, Arnold and Porter LLP Private foundations frequently receive grant applications from groups that are under the fiscal sponsorship of a section 501(c)(3) public charity.  But sometimes the request is for the private foundation itself to serve … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: How should our family foundation think about the use of site visits? (September 2011 FGN)

Our board is trying to figure out how – and when – to use site visits in our grantmaking. How can we make sure these visits are useful both for our board and staff, and for the organizations we work … Continue reading

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Celebrating Milestones in Family Philanthropy: For your family, for your grantees, for the community (July 2011 FGN)

Milestone birthday celebrations are momentous events in all families. For many, this tradition carries over directly to the philanthropic institutions they create. A growing number of families celebrating their 40th, 50th or 60th anniversaries have found ways to honor the … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Attracting the right grantseekers… and keeping them from drowning in paperwork (June 2011 FGN)

How do we put together guidelines that attract the right grantseekers… and that are respectful of their time and resources? Many family foundations have written the National Center over the past 15 years asking for guidance on how to create … Continue reading

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President’s Message: A Generosity of Spirit Drives Today’s Generation of Family Foundation CEOs (April 2011 FGN)

What do lawyers, ministers, a whole lot of teachers, military officers, nurses, government officials, investment advisors, Peace Corps and Vista volunteers, a public relations executive, and many, many fundraisers have in common? They are all now chief executive officers of … Continue reading

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Families Step Up to Meet the Economic Crisis (January 2009 FGN)

On a sunny Sunday in November, 2008, the board of the Durfee Foundation gathered in the 48-year-old foundation’s office in Santa Monica, California. The trustees already knew that the foundation’s assets of approximately $30 million had fallen 30 percent. The … Continue reading

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President’s Message: Strategies for Family Giving in Difficult Times

One of the many privileges of my work is the opportunity to speak with, share a little experience, and – often – sympathize with grantmaking families on a daily basis. The phones have been busy quite a bit over the … Continue reading

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Five Questions for Effectiveness (September 2008 FGN)

A new survey by the National Center for Family Philanthropy has concluded that most family foundations are conscientious guardians of charitable legacies. They observe high ethical standards of grantmaking practices, including fiscal oversight and accountability. Are you among them? Today, … Continue reading

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