NEW! The Family Foundation CEO: Crafting Consensus Out of Complexity
This groundbreaking new report focuses a new lens on the family foundation chief executive, marking a broadening of the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s sights as it seeks to understand and represent what makes family philanthropy not only unique but effective. This new research unveils a wide variety of important findings and insights. Some confirm preconceptions; most reinforce our sense that family philanthropy is better understood as a result of formal inquiry into staff (and specifically in this case, CEO) dynamics. The findings presented in the report form the basis for a fuller appreciation of the family foundation chief executive, for new resources to support their work, and for additional research to come.
Among the many topics explored in the report are:
- How to conduct a successful CEO search
- What are the qualities of an effective family foundation CEO
- How can CEOs and Board plan for future transitions and opportunities
- What are the special circumstances which may affect the role of the family foundation CEO
Crafting Consensus Out of Complexity also includes reprints of three seminal essays on the role of CEOs in family enterprises, including:
- Family Philanthropy's Mad Hatter, by Gary Tobin
- The Test of a Prince, by Ivan Lansberg
- The Spirit of Philanthropy and the Soul of Those Who Manage It, by Paul Ylvisaker
The National Center is grateful to U.S. Trust, exclusive sponsor for the National Center's CEO Initiative.