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Topic: “Family Philanthropy”

Advocating For State-Level Systems Changes: Policy Work By a Small Foundation

Leanly staffed family foundations can punch well above their weight, working with other funders and grantees to change systems. Over the past seven years, the Thornburg Foundation has experienced this firsthand. Given the depth of the challenges facing the state of New Mexico, systemic change is particularly important to our board chair and founder, Garrett... Read More

Community and Collaboration Drive Family Foundation’s Grantmaking

Through community and collaboration, the people of New Mexico have survived harsh conditions to thrive for hundreds of years. As a foundation that funds exclusively in the state, we continue to see the power of these values in our philanthropic work. Our most recent strategic plan states, “If we co-create a more aligned, collaborative and... Read More

Our Family Foundation’s Approach To Trust-Based Philanthropy

“The greatest gift you can give another person is trust,” said one of our grantees. When I started thinking about how to share our experiences with trust-based philanthropy, my first thought was to hear our grantees’ perspectives. This defines our philanthropic philosophy: working collectively to inspire possibility, innovation and sustainable outcomes. Engaging in trust-based philanthropy... Read More

Working With the State and Other Funders to Address COVID-19 Racial Health Equity in Louisiana

In March, Louisiana had the fastest growth rate of coronavirus cases in the world. To help the state until federal dollars were ready, the Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation each donated $400,000 to start a $1.2 million COVID-19 Response Fund—a request from Governor... Read More