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Transitions: Opportunities and Challenges for Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 19, 2014

Even if your family foundation or fund is very new, chances are you have already experienced at least one transition in the lifecycle of your giving program. Family giving programs are subject to changes both in family composition and the lifecycles of organizations, and these changes bring both challenges and opportunities for the family's philanthropy.

So you want to be a family philanthropist: Choosing your giving vehicle

Posted by Julia Kittross on August 18, 2014

There are two vehicles that most donors consider when they are interested in involving their families in shared, multi-generational philanthropy: establishing a donor advised fund or creating a private foundation. This article introduces the key questions donors should ask when choosing between these two common options.

Increasing impact, while honoring donor intent: A Profile of the Hattie M. Strong Foundation

Posted by Darlene Siska on July 29, 2014

How does a foundation that prides itself on close personal contact with its beneficiaries over an 86-year history totally revamp, modernize, and streamline itself, all without losing its long-time connection with grantees and without losing sight of the founder’s original vision?...

Ncfp.org and you: Ten new exciting website and Knowledge Center features

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 23, 2014

Have you visited ncfp.org yet? The new National Center for Family Philanthropy website, featuring the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center, launched June 19th! The site features many exciting new features designed with you in mind, providing easier access to expanded resources on family giving: ...

Inspiration, revelation, and transformation: preparing for the first-ever National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on April 29, 2014

Next week, 250 of the nation’s leading proponents and practitioners of family giving will gather at the National Forum on Family Philanthropy to celebrate, debate, and discuss the role and value of family involvement in private philanthropy. In small and intimate sessions, more than 65 speakers from...

Leading Through Change: Advice from and for Seasoned CEOs

Posted by Susan Crites Price on March 25, 2014

The longer CEOs stay in the job, the more they see strategic opportunities for the foundation. There may be strong reasons for funding some new areas with greater potential impact, entering into collaborations, or including advocacy grants in the mix, for example. But sometimes the challenge is convincing the board. “You have to stay attuned to bringing the family along,” cautions Alice Buhl, NCFP Senior Fellow. You may want to go faster, but the family isn’t ready to go there yet. Longtime CEOs must be flexible and alert to the family’s needs.” she notes that “boards haven’t had the connection or exposure the CEO has had,” so sometimes it takes a while to help them reach a new strategic level.

Stone Soup: Community based advocacy at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Posted by Lauren Hasey Maher on February 26, 2014

A Conversation with Nancy Leonard, David Nee, and Carmen Siberon of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund on Community Based Advocacy Children and storytelling have always been at the heart of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. It is only fitting that one of their most successful...

Postitive Tracks: A Story of Generation Next Philanthropy

Posted by Gioia C. Perugini and Nini Meyer on January 15, 2014

Much has been written about the “next generation” and its integration into family philanthropy.  How will they get involved?  Will their philanthropic initiatives look different than those of their parents and grandparents?  What tools and resources can help them be most effective?...

A legacy lives on: The Kaplan Family Foundation’s successful leadership transition

Posted by Dinaz Mansuri and Mollie Bunis on December 15, 2013

Editor’s note: As the National Center for Family Philanthropy continues its ongoing focus on the topic of transitions, this month in Family Giving News we feature an excerpt from “A Legacy Lives On: The Kaplan Family Foundation’s Successful Leadership Transition,” the new Passages Issue Brief on the...

The Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation Creates an Enduring Legacy by Effecting Community Change

Posted by Alice Buhl on November 15, 2013

This month’s Family Giving News feature article is excerpted from the newly released Passages Issue Brief detailing the story of the Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation, whose third generation board members made the strategic decision to spend down with assets of approximately $25 million....

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