Tony MacklinIs Family Philanthropy Ready for “New Giving” Tools?

By: Tony Macklin In: 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference| Donor Engagement| Media and Technology| Next Generation| Philanthropy

11 Dec 2012

At next month’s Council on Foundations 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference, consultant Nathan James and I are hosting a session, “Is Family Philanthropy Ready for Adventures in New Giving?” We’ll be discussing potential intersections between family philanthropy and the new wave of giving tools enabled by technology and fueled by problem-solving approaches of millenials, entrepreneurs, and everyday citizens. These pathways for generosity include (but aren’t limited to):

  • “Micro-giving” groups such as Awesome Foundation and Sunday Soup chapters, Cleveland Colectivo, and other giving circles that are low cost and/or that don’t only concentrate on giving to public charities
  • Crowdfunding sites that are also public charities such as Citizen Effect, DonorsChoose, GlobalGiving, ioby, and others
  • Crowdfunding sites for artists, social entrepreneurs, science projects, and more, including Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, StartSomeGood, and many others

Here’s where you come in

These tools are rapidly evolving and rapidly expanding their reach. So, we’d love to tap your curiosity, wisdom, and concerns to bring the freshest thinking to the session:

a) What questions would you want answered by this session?

b) Have family members brought any of these tools up as ways for the family to give? What experiments have you tried?

c) Have you helped grantees tap these sources for friendraising and fundraising?

d) Do you think these tools will aid your family’s philanthropy or distract from it?

How you can respond

You can join the conversation in any of these ways:

We’ll promise to summarize the results of the responses and session discussion on the Council’s blog, our blogs, and other places.

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Tony Macklin is executive director of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.

4 Responses to Is Family Philanthropy Ready for “New Giving” Tools?

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December 20th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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Melanie Audette

December 27th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hi, Tony, Can’t wait to learn about the types of responses you receive to your post and potentially the mentions or interest you might hear about mission investing tools such as program-related investments (PRIs) and mission-related investments (MRIs). I am working with others to arrange a series of sessions around mission investing for COF’s family foundations conference that will introduce and help put into action this other set of tools beyond grants. Together, we will cover a wide variety of exciting options. Looking forward to seeing you in San Jose!

Tony Macklin

January 10th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Hey Melanie - thanks for your response! Sorry I missed it over the holidays. Would love to have you at our session since you keep your ear to the ground on communications and giving trends.

Is Family Philanthropy Ready for “New Giving” Tools? | Tony Macklin

January 10th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

[...] (updated from my post on the Council on Foundation’s re: Philanthropy blog) [...]

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