Mark your calendars for NCG’s Annual Meeting on May 8, 2013!
This year NCG’s featured speaker will be FSG Founder and Managing Director Mark Kramer. Mark will share the latest developments in FSG’s Collective Impact concept and what this means for the philanthropic sector.
Come hear inspirational ideas and participate in a thought-provoking conversation about how foundations can tap into the power of networks and use collective action to create meaningful collective good in the communities they serve.
NCG’s Annual Meeting will also include a business meeting for the NCG membership. Members are invited to participate in the election of NCG’s Board of Directors.
Registration is now open. More details coming soon!
The following post is by Stan Hutton, Senior Program Officer with Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation in San Francisco. Stan is also a member of NCG’s Family Philanthropy Exchange Steering Committee.
Do you work in a small family foundation? Then you can be proud to call yourself a Jack-(or Jill)-of-all-trades.
Like anyone working in a small nonprofit organization — too much work to do and too few people to do it — we need to be fast learners who can adapt day to day to the changing demands of the job.
You probably find yourself doing everything from helping trustees set funding priorities to making sure the trash is set out on garbage pick-up day. And then, of course, there are those proposals to read, site visits to schedule, websites to maintain, grant files to organize, and telephone calls to answer. Oh, and yes, don’t forget the docket that’s due out the door on Friday.
Take a deep breath. It’s a good thing. You have a chance to learn a little bit about everything that’s needed to make a grantmaking foundation work.
If there is a downside to working in a small family foundation, it’s the lack of collegiality that comes with working with many people in a large office. Who do you turn to if you need advice on dealing with a grant project that’s falling apart? Or a question about the best way to farm out your accounting needs?
Fortunately, that’s what NCG’s Family Philanthropy Exchange offers staff and trustees of family foundations. Get active in this group and you’ll discover many fine colleagues facing the same challenges and rewards you have in your own family foundation.