Posts by National Center for Family Philanthropy

The power to produce wonders: The value of family philanthropy in a democracy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 15, 2010

The passionate generosity of countless American families has inspired – and continues to inspire – extraordinary gifts. Indeed, we may know many of these families more by their philanthropy than by the business successes that made their largesse possible. What is most remarkable is the very phenomenon...

On the phone with... The Self family foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 15, 2010

Since 1942, the Self Family Foundation has distributed over $60 million in grants to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Greenwood and the state of South Carolina. On August 6th, the Foundation announced a $2 million challenge grant to Clemson University to enhance the Greenwood...

Managing relationships with your legal, financial, and investment advisors

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 15, 2010

This month’s Ask the Center features answers to questions on managing relationships with your advisors from Patricia Angus, the founder and CEO of Angus Advisory Group, a philanthropy and family governance consulting and educational firm based in New York City. Patricia was a featured speaker on the...

Ready to learn: Family funders focus on reading by third grade (part 1 of 2)

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 15, 2010

What would it mean if every child could read by third grade? A bevy of recent studies have identified the end of third grade as the crucial pivot point in determining the potential for success for children born into poverty. Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade have been proven to...

On the phone with... Robert Friedman of CFED and the Friedman family foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 15, 2010

“I think if you look at the practices and policies that have made this country strong, it has been broad-based investment in the common genius – unleashing the entrepreneurial capabilities of all of our people.” Robert Friedman is the general counsel, founder and chair of CFED, and serves as a board...

A committment to place: The Springs Close foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 15, 2010

The Springs Close Foundation is among the largest family foundations in South Carolina, and one of the oldest in the South. Assets at the end of 2009 were approximately $38 million, and over the past seven decades the foundation has invested nearly $100 million in the state – primarily in a rural...

On the phone with... Shirley Fredricks of the Lawrence Welk family foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 15, 2010

“Every citizen in the United States, and every child, needs to know that they can be a philanthropist.” Shirley Fredricks is a trustee and former executive director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation in Los Angeles. Over the past 20 years, Shirley has been deeply engaged in virtually every...

Tracking the blogs: Philanthropy's role in Haiti

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on April 15, 2010

This month’s issue of FGN features the first installment in an occasional new feature of our newsletter: Tracking the Blogs. The National Center regularly follows the postings of a number of colleagues in the field via our Twitter feed, and this month we spotlight several blog entries from the past few...

Place-based philanthropy: Additional resources

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on March 15, 2010

What is place-based philanthropy anyways? Richard Woo, executive director of the Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor, Washington, describes it as “Community Change from the Inside Out,” and that’s as good a definition as we’ve heard! At the 2010 Family Philanthropy Conference, several family...

Training the youngest philanthropists

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 15, 2010

At the recent Council on Foundations Family Foundation Conference in San Diego, a new book by a father and teenage daughter sold out in minutes. In The Power of Half (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books 2010), Kevin and Hannah Salwen share the engrossing story of their family’s decision to sell their...

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