Common and uncommon practice

Posted by Virginia Esposito on October 15, 2009

This issue of Family Giving News gives the National Center for Family Philanthropy a chance to highlight both the common and the uncommon practices of philanthropic families. A week ago, we released the full findings of our study, Current Practices of Family Foundations. This is the first time an...

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...

The Highland Street foundation

Posted by Susan Crites Price on October 11, 2009

Summer’s over, but for many Massachusetts families, the memories linger on. That’s because from July 3 to September 4, Boston’s Highland Street Foundation sponsored Free Fun Fridays at each of 10 museums and other attractions across the state. Thousands of children and families enjoyed a free...

A mid-year report card

Posted by Virginia Esposito on August 15, 2009

It must be all the graduations in my family that are inspiring me to think about accomplishments, those who help us accomplish great things, and the goals we set for the next adventure. Inspired by Allison’s master degree, Erin’s high school diploma (and, perhaps, of greater relief, that college...

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....

The Geraldine and Howard Polinger family foundation

Posted by Rebecca Zimmerman on August 11, 2009

One Foundation’s Plan for Embracing the Next Generation Lorre Polinger and her siblings are facing a common challenge in family foundations or funds: how to engage their combined nine children in the family’s philanthropy. Founded in 1968 by their parents, Geraldine and the late Howard Polinger, the...

Family board meetings

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

Q: Our board meetings have become very frustrating. We have differences because of family history as well as a couple of dominant personalities. The result is lengthy, unproductive meetings that sometimes become personal. How can we turn this situation around and get on with the foundation’s business?...

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...

Finding and Fighting the Causes of Homelessness: The Melville Charitable Trust

Posted by Jason C. Born on June 11, 2009

In 1990, a family trust in Connecticut decided to pursue an audacious goal: to end homelessness in America. The board thoroughly studied the issue, and eventually committed themselves to an equally bold strategy – creating a national movement. The Melville Charitable Trust’s considerable impact since...

Pursuing excellence

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2009

Ever since 2004, when we published our landmark research on multi-generational families called Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations, we have been working toward the day when we could offer family foundations a tool that would help them assess their performance on the...

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