Posts tagged to 'Board transitions'

'On-boarding' the next gen: The Durfee Foundation's approach

Posted by Caroline Avery on October 20, 2014

The Durfee Foundation has held many board retreats during its 54-year history, but these have always been for trustees only. In 2014 we decided to do an all-family board retreat and bring together toddlers, teens, trustees and elders. Why the change? Read on...

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.

Managing unexpected transitions and change

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 19, 2014

"When change is thrust upon you, and you have to operate in the moment, I think those are the most difficult times. If that happens to you -- and I hope it doesn't -- my suggestion is to not move too quickly to a permanent solution. Recognize the value of a good interim plan to give you the time and...

Can you recommend a short video on family foundation board responsibilities?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 22, 2014

As a matter of fact, we can! We're pleased to share our new video, "So you want to be a family foundation board member," created especially for teenagers and young adults in search of a quick and lighthearted introduction to the many responsibilities of being a family foundation board member:     Also...

Diversity as a Family Affair

Posted by Cole Wilbur on March 23, 2014

What value can diversity bring to the work of family foundations? First of all, diversity is now more interwoven into the fabric of our society, including our neighborhoods, education, business and media. Integrating diversity into many aspects of a family foundation’s work can result in more...

Four critical elements for generational succession

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 26, 2014

Dear FGN Readers: The National Center for Family Philanthropy fields hundreds of questions about family giving over the phone, through email, and in person every year.  Thousands more use the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center to search for answers on their own in the thousands of articles,...

Breaking up and moving on: A staff member’s perspective on the dissolution of a family foundation

Posted by Joel Luedtke on February 25, 2014

We knew the outcome before the votes were cast. The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation – the proud embodiment of a fortunate family’s abiding compassion – would be split apart. It was October 2010. As a relatively new staff member of the foundation, it was hard for me at that time to see much good...

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...

Adding new voices and raising charitable children: A family responsibility

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 15, 2013

In a year when we are focusing on helping philanthropic families deal with transitions most effectively, it is exciting that Family Giving News’ February edition features the recent report from 21/64 and the Johnson Center on Philanthropy on next generation donors.  Welcoming a new generation to...

Leadership transitions in family philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 15, 2013

Editor’s note: Several of the National Center’s most popular guides and publications have addressed the topic of transitions in family philanthropy. Here are selected quotes from these timeless publications.   Transitions as opportunities for change “Transitions are opportunities for change, not...

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