Posts tagged to 'Value of family in philanthropy'

Opportunity, not obligation: Welcoming and engaging your children in family philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 18, 2014

"Be flexible, and understand that your kids' participation must be voluntary in order for it to be positive, because you want it to be a good experience for them. If they get to the point where they feel it's an obligation and it's getting in the way of other things in their lives they need to be...

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.

Susan Packard Orr on the legacy of her parents, David and Lucile Packard

Posted by Susan Packard Orr and Cole Wilbur on May 28, 2014

Editor’s note: the following is reprinted from Living the Legacy: The Value of a Family’s Philanthropy Across Generations, published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy in 1999. In a family foundation there is no question as to the importance of learning from the donors and carrying out...

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...

On the phone with... Mary Mountcastle

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on October 15, 2010

Listen to the audio version of this interview here. Ginny Esposito:  Welcome to our very special December edition of “On the Phone With…”  Mary Mountcastle is the immediate past Board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She is a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the...

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...

Creating a field one story at a time

Posted by Virginia Esposito on June 15, 2010

Every advance in our understanding of how family philanthropy begins, grows, struggles, renews, sometimes ends, and always inspires has come because of the willingness of donor families to share their experiences. Certainly everything I have ever learned about this remarkable tradition in my 30 years...

Creating a masterpiece and other everyday tasks

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2010

When it comes to working in the philanthropic sector, it can be easy to be so overwhelmed by all the challenges that you miss celebrating the little wins much less your overall progress toward mission. There is too little time and too little money. There are too many good ideas and an uncertain path to...

Early experience

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 15, 2010

Warm greetings from cold and very snowy Washington, DC! Those of us experiencing our first 70-80 inches of snow in one winter have appreciated your sympathy and support and even, occasionally, your humor at our expense! This month’s issue of Family Giving News pays attention to one of the most popular,...

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