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Igniting the Spark: What is a Next Gen Board and Why Do Family Foundations Use Them?

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06/2013

The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards.” This Issue Brief is being distributed this week to participants at the 2013 Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference in Disneyland, and is available now in the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center for NCFP Friends of the Family and FP Online Subscribers. Family foundations representatives may also request a copy by sending a request to jason@ncfp.org.

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Why Contests Improve Philanthropy

Publication date: 
05/2013

Contests for innovation go back hundreds of years — many have even changed history. Learning from the best, Knight has supported a wide range of contests — from media innovation challenges to idea mining on ways to improve neighborhoods. Here’s a brief look at some contest milestones. This article presents six lessons on designing public prizes for impacts.

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How do we help the leaders of our grantees find the peer support they need?

Publication date: 
04/2013

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 the success of JJ’s List – which connects people with disabilities with community businesses and services – and her late-night brain-storms of one weren’t getting anywhere. She had some ideas, but the challenge was new to her. Pay a consultant? Yeah, right.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: The Power of Field Scans

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04/2013

In days of scarce resources and seemingly endless philanthropic choices, family foundations and funds can frequently feel overwhelmed by options and unsure where to best place their philanthropic bets. Many funders wisely choose a focus area for funding, and then proceed to investigate – or be approached by – any number of apparently worthy organizations to support within that field.

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For Volunteer Month: How Today's Busy Professional Can Give Back

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04/2013

As a society, we are busy -- we run from one place to the next, from personal commitments to work and back again and we find ourselves stretched so thin that it seems impossible to fit anything else into our jam packed days. In the past, having enough time to fulfill our daily obligations was challenge enough, without adding in a volunteer commitment on top of it.

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Mott showcases community foundations in advance of the field’s centennial celebrations

Publication date: 
04/2013

In celebration of the community foundation field's 100th anniversary in 2014, the Mott Foundation is continuing its series of articles that examine various facets of the field's growth and development. The articles report on what is occurring in Mott's major geographic focus areas — Central/Eastern Europe and Russia, South Africa and the U.S. — and provide information about how the field is expanding globally.

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