What does your family need your foundation (or DAF) to be?

What does your family need your foundation (or DAF) to be?

Congratulations! You have a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation, perhaps set up by your advisors in response to changing tax rules. Let’s call it a tool. Why do you want that tool? What jobs do you want to accomplish (beyond tax avoidance)? Have you been handed a hammer when you really need to screw [...]

Democratizing Philanthropy Through Community Foundations – Part 2

Democratizing Philanthropy Through Community Foundations – Part 2

In my last post, I looked at three definitions of the phrase democratizing philanthropy:  1) expanding and connecting the base, 2) expanding access to the establishment, and 3) redistributing philanthropic power and ownership. All three definitions could describe a community foundation’s hope to be “the community’s foundation.” There are two related terms worth noting, both [...]

Democratizing Philanthropy Through Community Foundations – part 1

Thanks to my consulting work for the National Center for Family Philanthropy and Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates, I’ve been spending more time tuned into the field of community foundations. I still hear variations on the phrase “we want to be the community’s foundation.” This core value of democratized, accessible, community-owned, philanthropy dates to the [...]

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 3

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 3

In two previous posts, I wrote that I’d been researching the topic of risk in philanthropy. I tested some ideas about the topic at a conference session, co-designed with folks from the Quixote Foundation, Open Road Alliance, and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Based on my research and feedback from others, I developed this framework [...]