Posts Tagged ‘family foundation’

PhotoPhilanthropy: Telling Stories To Create Change

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The concept of PhotoPhilanthropy, using photography to promote social activism, was pioneered by philanthropist and photographer Nancy R. Farese.

Founder of NCG member Farese Family Foundation, Nancy has used her skills as a photographer to offer support nonprofit organizations by documenting their work through photo essays.

In 2009 Nancy founded PhotoPhilanthropy, “an organization created to promote, support and connect photographers to charitable organizations around the world.”

The PhotoPhilanthropy website acts as an online community where “photographers, photo enthusiasts and charitable organizations to come together – to network, to tell their stories, show their work, exchange ideas, find opportunities and financial support for their efforts.”

2009 PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards Winner Dmitry Markov, Lingering Childhood photo essay

Farese isn’t alone when it comes to using visual mediums to promote causes and the good work of nonprofit organizations. Many NCG members highlight their grantees and their work in the communities through video and film.

In fact, the June NCG Member Newsletter focuses on how members are “telling their stories” through a variety of mediums (blogging, tweeting, website, video and film).

Explore how other NCG members are showcasing their impact and the work of their grantees in the latest issue of the NCG newsletter online.

Visit PhotoPhilanthropy’s website online.

Explore Nancy Farese’s photography online.


Aspen Institute Releases First Ever Study on African American Family Foundations

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

At the end of April the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation announced the release of the first-ever study on African American family foundations.

A Growing Tradition? Examining the African American Family Foundation written by Marybeth Gasman of the University of Pennsylvania, presents a comprehensive snapshot of African American family foundations and lays the groundwork for additional research on these foundations.  Gasman answers questions about the professional backgrounds of the founders of African American family foundations, the location of these foundations throughout the United States, and the areas in which they focus their grantmaking.   In addition, Gasman examines how these foundations utilize their board members, employees, and volunteers to support their work as well as the range of their assets.

Key findings include:

  • Founders of African American family foundations were dominated by professional athletes and also included musicians, actors, doctors, and business professionals;
  • Founders were motivated to create family foundations by a desire to give back to their communities, have a significant influence on the world, and to positively impact disadvantaged children;
  • Most family foundations are located in states with high concentrations of African Americans, including California, New York, Georgia, and Illinois.

Read the report’s executive summary of Examining the African American Family Foundation online.

The full report, as well as the executive summary, are available online as free downloads at

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