Tag Archives: place-based philanthropy

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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FEATURE: A Study in Spend Down: The Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation Creates an Enduring Legacy by Effecting Community Change (November 2013 FGN)

By Alice Buhl This month’s Family Giving News feature article is excerpted from the newly released Passages Issue Brief detailing the story of the Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation, whose third generation board members made the strategic decision to spend down … Continue reading

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MAY 9TH WEBINAR: Over the River and Through the Woods: Geographic Dispersion in Family Philanthropy (April 2013 FGN)

This year the National Center is focusing its programming on two themes: transitions and community. In May, our webinar series takes a close look at the benefits and challenges of geographic dispersion of family and board members: With family members … Continue reading

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APRIL 11TH WEBINAR: Community Connections: Place-Based Family Philanthropy (March 2013 FGN)

This year the National Center is focusing its programming on two themes: transitions and community. In April, our webinar series takes a close look at options for place-based family philanthropy: While some families pay particular attention to the family’s legacy … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: What is a Private Operating Foundation, and when should families consider this option? (April 2011 FGN)

Donors and families who establish private foundations often have a variety of issues they care about, and are looking for a vehicle that gives them the flexibility to make a wide variety of choices on where to invest their philanthropic … Continue reading

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On the Phone With… The Self Family Foundation (September 2010 FGN)

Since 1942, the Self Family Foundation has distributed over $60 million in grants to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Greenwood and the state of South Carolina. On August 6th, the Foundation announced a $2 million … Continue reading

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A Commitment to Place: The Springs Close Foundation

The Springs Close Foundation is among the largest family foundations in South Carolina, and one of the oldest in the South. Assets at the end of 2009 were approximately $38 million, and over the past seven decades the foundation has … Continue reading

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Place-Based Philanthropy: Investing in Community Change (March 2010 FGN)

Families engaged in philanthropy may view their giving through a variety of lenses. Some pay particular attention to the family’s legacy of giving, some focus on a particular issue or cause, and many choose to limit their grantmaking to a … Continue reading

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Place-based philanthropy: Additional Resources (March 2010 FGN)

What is place-based philanthropy anyways? Richard Woo, executive director of the Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor, Washington, describes it as “Community Change from the Inside Out,” and that’s as good a definition as we’ve heard! At the 2010 Family Philanthropy … Continue reading

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President’s Message: It’s Great to Have Friends (March 2010 FGN)

A truly glorious spring day is the backdrop and inspiration for my introduction to this issue of Family Giving News. And while I usually caution against feelings of entitlement, those of us in the greater Washington, DC area deserve this weather. … Continue reading

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Profiles in Family Philanthropy: The Highland Street Foundation (October 2009 FGN)

Summer’s over, but for many Massachusetts families, the memories linger on. That’s because from July 3 to September 4, Boston’s Highland Street Foundation sponsored Free Fun Fridays at each of 10 museums and other attractions across the state. Thousands 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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Profile in Family Philanthropy: Tracy Family Foundation (October 2008 Family Giving News)

When the Tracy Family Foundation (TFF) set out to determine its strategic vision for the next five years, the Mount Sterling, Illinois family foundation included goals for Brown County, the surrounding region in western Illinois served by the foundation, and … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Place-based Philanthropy (June 2008 FGN)

Q: What is place-based philanthropy? A: Also called “embedded philanthropy,” this increasingly popular approach to giving emphasizes intimate, active engagement in community change specific to a local community. Embedded philanthropists make a long-term commitment to living and working in a … Continue reading

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Profiles in Family Philanthropy: The Efroymson Family (December 2007 FGN)

Jacob and Minnie Efroymson moved from Evansville, Indiana to the relatively young state capital of Indianapolis in 1872. The couple opened a small dry goods store on South Meridian Street, unaware they were beginning a family commitment to the city … Continue reading

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