Posts by Alice Buhl

How does the role of a family foundation chair differ from that of other non-profit entities?

Posted by Alice Buhl , Kelly Sweeney McShane and Virginia Esposito on April 22, 2015

This month we are delighted to feature a question recently asked in our April webinar, The critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy. This wide-ranging conversation on the critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy featured international family foundation experts Virginia Esposito and Alice Buhl along with two experienced and thoughtful family foundation leaders.

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....

Positioning your board for proactive, positive, transitions from senior leadership to the next generation

Posted by Alice Buhl on January 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: As NCFP begins the celebration of our 15th year, one of the key overarching themes of our work will be the exploration of the many types of transitions that family philanthropies experience. To help kick off our Year of the Transition, we’re pleased to share an excerpt from one of the...

Who Takes the Lead?

Posted by Alice Buhl on March 15, 2012

Our foundation’s board of directors is preparing to hire a new CEO to replace our retiring CEO, who has been with the family for nearly 20 years. As we talk with applicants, what are the most important topics we should discuss in terms of appropriate board and staff roles? In the transition between...

A Letter to Seniors (and will be seniors): Planning for your future in philanthropy

Posted by Alice Buhl on September 15, 2011

Editor’s note: This month’s feature story is excerpted from our new edition of Passages by NCFP Senior Fellow Alice Buhl. A full copy of this issue paper is available for members of our Friends of the Family Program and subscribers to the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center....

CEO transitions in family foundations

Posted by Alice Buhl on December 15, 2010

Among the most important tasks that any board confronts is the choice of head staff person. If anything, this decision has even greater significance in family foundations. Whether the position is vacant because of the retirement of a beloved CEO or the departure of a problematic one, CEO transitions in...

On the phone with... Alice Buhl

Posted by Alice Buhl on October 25, 2010

Welcome to the October edition of “On the Phone With…,” our series of interviews with leading family foundations and philanthropy experts from around the country. This month we’re on the phone with Alice Buhl. In this interview, Alice discusses the "Spectrum of Family Involvement" for family...

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...

Emeritus board members: Curse or blessing?

Posted by Alice Buhl on August 15, 2010

Mom and Dad are aging but we want to keep them involved. Aunt Sally has been running the foundation forever but the other board members feel it is time for someone else to take over. Uncle John is beginning to get confused. The three sisters in the second generation have been controlling things for...

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...

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