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Fast friends... Linking youth from foundation junior boards

Posted by Susan Crites Price on November 15, 2010

Eleven-year-old Kylie of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation is a veteran grantmaker, having served on the junior board of her family’s foundation since age 8. But unlike the adults on her family’s foundation board, who can meet peers at grantmaker meetings and conferences, Kylie had no kids to compare...

Family involvement: The spectrum of options

Posted by Alice Buhl on October 15, 2010

Kelin Gersick’s book, Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations, outlines the patterns most often seen in family philanthropy. In the first generation the donor has the strongest involvement and control. In the second generation more family members become involved and by...

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...

Ready to learn (part two): Family funders active in early childhood literacy

Posted by Jason C. Born on September 15, 2010

The August 2010 edition of Family Giving News featured the new study, Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, a KIDS COUNT Special Report documenting the conclusive evidence of a direct link between proficiency in reading by third grade and the likelihood that a child will fall...

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...

A job like no other: Family foundation chief executive

Posted by Susan Crites Price on July 15, 2010

The late Gary Tobin dubbed family foundation chief executives Mad Hatters. It was a reference to the many hats these professionals have to wear: administrator, mediator, visionary, ambassador to the community, confidant and, occasionally, family therapist, just to name a few. Tobin believed there were...

Conflicts of interest: Steering clear of potholes and other bumps in the road

Posted by Anne Etheridge on June 15, 2010

Most family foundations prefer to focus on the business of giving, without having to worry about tripping over the sometimes obscure rules and regulations that govern this work. But the fact is that family foundation boards need to be aware of potential potholes on the road named philanthropy....

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: Investing in community change

Posted by Valerie Jacobs Hapke on March 15, 2010

Families engaged in philanthropy may view their giving through a variety of lenses. Some pay particular attention to the family’s legacy of giving, some focus on a particular issue or cause, and many choose to limit their grantmaking to a specific city, state or region. A growing number of family...

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...

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