A happy anniversary

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 15, 2007

Given that I am tired, exhilarated, challenged, inspired, frustrated, and charged up, it can mean only one thing: I have just returned from spending time with donors, family members and others involved in family philanthropy. In this case it was the 2007 Family Foundations Conference....

The Durfee foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 15, 2007

In 1935, R. Stanton Avery and his wife Dorothy Durfee Avery founded Kum-Kleen Adhesive Products. Stan provided the product: a new invention of his own design—the first commercially feasible self-adhesive label machine. Dorothy provided the capital: a $50 bank loan using the Ford Model A she had...

Where we go from here: Crafting a family mission statement

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on February 15, 2007

` Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ [asked Alice]. `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.`I don’t much care where–’ said Alice.`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Unlike the...

The Barbara and Donald Jonas family fund: Painting a family philanthropy canvas

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 15, 2007

Having just moved into their New York apartment, Barbara and Donald Jonas found themselves staring at a blank canvas. “About thirty years ago, we had moved into a lovely apartment with a lot of walls and we wanted to do something together,” says Barbara. “[My husband and I] thought that [investing in...

Inspiring family giving

Posted by Virginia Esposito on January 15, 2007

Happy 2007 and welcome to a New Year of Family Giving News! This is a very special year for all of us at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. It is our Tenth Anniversary year and we plan to devote a great part of this year celebrating the donors and families who inspire us....

A year with the giving family

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on January 15, 2007

This year, the National Center for Family Philanthropy celebrates ten years of inspiring family giving. To mark the occasion, Family Giving News invites you to spend “A Year with the Giving Family.” What follows is a calendar of activities designed to engage you and your family in a new philanthropic...

Charitable Children and the Season of Giving, Getting and Growing

Posted by Virginia Esposito on December 15, 2006

Why do you want your children to understand generosity as a key family value and how do you hope they will take both a personal and a family role in philanthropy?

Saying Goodbye: Strategic Exits for Family Funds

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on November 25, 2006

The phrase “exit strategy” came to the philanthropic world from the world of venture capital after a brief stint in the military. Venture capitalists look to sell a fledgling enterprise or take a company public, exit strategies that guarantee a return on their investments. Similarly, venture...

A Thanksgiving Message: Gratitude and Optimism

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2006

The fall season of educational workshops and speeches is coming to an end and, once again, I have learned more from conference participants than I possibly could have shared. The enthusiastic commitment of those who give up weekends and vacation time to focus on the responsibilities of philanthropy is...

Geographic Dispersion: Opportunities for Far-flung Families

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on September 15, 2006

Among all the challenges that family philanthropies of all types face, giving families increasingly find themselves struggling with geography. In 2000, the National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Foundation Center found that the grants of a vast majority of family foundations were committed to...

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