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What's so different about family philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 15, 2009

As part of the National Center’s research into the Value of Family Philanthropy, President Ginny Esposito conducted an interview study with 50 philanthropy leaders. Former president of the Lyndhurst Foundation and founding National Center board member Jack Murrah was among those who were asked to...

Are you prepared to operate your family's philanthropy in a disaster?

Posted by Susan Crites Price on November 15, 2009

Like a lot of smaller funders, the 20-year-old McCarthy Family Foundation operated out of Treasurer Tim McCarthy’s home office. He learned a lot of important lessons about disasters the hard way after his home was among the hundreds of properties destroyed in the October 2007 San Diego wildfires....

Family philanthropy or family foundation philanthropy?

Posted by Alice Buhl on October 15, 2009

Alice Buhl, Senior Fellow here at the National Center and Senior Associate at Lansberg, Gersick & Associates, joins Family Giving News with the third of a series of occasional columns on issues in philanthropy. When I first began working with families, I was often fairly oblivious to the many ways...

What will really engage the next generation?

Posted by Sharna Goldseker on August 15, 2009

Sharna Goldseker, one of the country’s leading experts on next generation philanthropy, is vice president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies in New York and directs 21/64, a division of the foundation specializing in next generation and multi-generational strategic philanthropy....

Story, community and leadership

Posted by William C. Graustein on June 15, 2009

Editor’s note: We often encourage philanthropic families to share their family stories. It’s a crucial way to pass on the family’s legacy to the next generation. In this essay, National Center for Family Philanthropy Board Member Bill Graustein shares how he uses storytelling to help nonprofit leaders...

Real estate: The grant that keeps on giving

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on April 15, 2009

“At a time like this, we need to stop investing in treasuries and bonds and start investing directly in our communities.” —Tom Parker, Hutton Foundation As a family fund these days, you might feel like crawling into a corner and licking your endowment losses. But look on the bright side....

Governance as leadership in tough times

Posted by Alice Buhl on April 15, 2009

For many foundations, establishing the payout level has become fairly perfunctory. The staff or accountants do the math and the foundation pays out the 5% required by law. However, I have worked with foundations that struggle to balance their desires to solve the problems of today and to protect assets...

Families step up to meet the economic crisis

Posted by Joseph Foote on January 15, 2009

On a sunny Sunday in November, 2008, the board of the Durfee Foundation gathered in the 48-year-old foundation’s office in Santa Monica, California. The trustees already knew that the foundation’s assets of approximately $30 million had fallen 30 percent. The talk before the meeting focused on the...

Notes from a senior fellow: Mothers and legacy

Posted by Alice Buhl on November 15, 2008

I had the privilege of being on a panel at the National Center’s 10th Anniversary symposium with four wonderful women in philanthropy: Judy Belk, Senior Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Julie Fisher Cummings, Managing Trustee, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Family Foundation; Susan...

Special book excerpt: Money well spent

Posted by Paul Brest on November 15, 2008

“The basic imperative of strategic philanthropy is to deploy your resources to achieve your goals most effectively,” say Paul Brest and Hal Harvey in their new book Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy (Bloomberg, 2008). Giving families may feel both excited by and somewhat wary of...

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