At ASF, we field dozens of questions each month from philanthropists with few or no staff. Here are just some of the hundreds of FAQs we catalog and share online. Use them to inform your giving, or—if you are an ASF member—be inspired to contact us with your questions!
How can I create a mission?
To create a mission for your philanthropy, the key question to ask yourself is: What do I wish to accomplish? To answer this question, ask… Read the full answer
Will a mission restrict me too much?
Donors use missions to guide grantmaking, but nothing (not even the law) prohibits giving beyond mission. Donors go beyond mission to take advantage of… Read the full answer
What are some of the ways boards come to consensus about focus?
Boards settle on a focus in many different ways. There is no one right way, and many use a combination of the methods to inform their final decisions. For example, some choose… Read the full answer