Are generous families and their advisors prepared for the future?

Generous families and business owners have many people serving as their advisors. They range from attorneys and wealth managers to the staff of community foundations and family foundations. Each brings a different perspective on the value and use of money and other assets. But what those families and business owners are really seeking is help [...]

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 1

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 1

Inviting Your Feedback! Hey there – The National Center for Family Philanthropy and I are asking for your thoughts on risk in philanthropy. For donors and grantmakers: What type of risk most concerns your board and staff? When does philanthropy feel most risky to you? For nonprofits: What types of risk seem to most concern [...]

Signals From the Future (part 3): Tools and Strategies

Signals From the Future (part 3): Tools and Strategies

When I’m asked to speak, I describe myself in three roles – philanthropist, philanthropoid, and philanthropy geek. The more practice I have in living out each of those roles, the more I find myself returning to three core beliefs: Philanthropy – voluntary action for the public good – is a big tent concept. It is [...]

Philanthropy in all of its Humanness

The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness. – Jesse Owens The April 2015 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy provided an interesting study in contrasting approaches to giving and fundraising. The Chronicle covered the release of ethicist Peter Singer’s new book The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is [...]