The National Center fields requests for information every day from giving families, colleagues, professional advisors, and members of the media. Questions touch on family dynamics, engaging the next generation, grantmaking, giving vehicles, administration and management, legal and ethical issues, and a host of other topics.
Here we share our latest answers from the field of family giving. Do you have a question? Email us, and we'll respond—perhaps even featuring your Q&A on this page.
September 2011: Conducting site visits
July 2011: Starting a family foundation – where do we turn for guidance?
June 2011: Attracting the right grantseekers… and keeping them from drowning in paperwork
May 2011: Keeping “Control”
April 2011: Private Operating Foundations
March 2011: Donor Legacy Statements
December 2010: Who's Family?
November 2010: Family as Staff
October 2010: Tips and Tools for Effective Family Board Meetings
September 2010: Managing Relationships with Your Legal, Financial, and Investment Advisors
August 2010: Emeritus Board Members
June 2009: Frustrating Family Board Meetings October 2008: Payout
September 2008: Giving Internationally When the Dollar Is Down July 2008: Advocacy, Lobbying, and Propaganda? June 2008: Embedded Philanthropy May 2008: The Best Minimum Age for Board Members? April 2008: Board Compensation March 2008: Child Care and More February 2008: Travel Expenses for Next Generation Board Members January 2008: Substantial Contributors December 2007: Geographic Dispersion November 2007: Discretionary Grants