Posts by Jason C. Born

Fifteen Timeless Tips For Trustee Training and Succession

Posted by Jason C. Born on September 15, 2012

Year after year, one topic in family philanthropy rises to the top: inspiring, engaging, and preparing the next generation for leadership. Sooner or later, unless the board decides to spend down the endowment, board succession in family foundations is a matter of when, not if. Since its founding in...

Finding Common Ground, Valuing Different Views

Posted by Jason C. Born on April 15, 2012

Coming to consensus. Agreeing to disagree. Finding a win-win solution. Whatever you call it, the art of negotiating and making decisions can be particularly tricky for families with a shared philanthropic mission but different – sometimes very different – ideas for how to achieve that mission....

Ready to learn (part two): Family funders active in early childhood literacy

Posted by Jason C. Born on September 15, 2010

The August 2010 edition of Family Giving News featured the new study, Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, a KIDS COUNT Special Report documenting the conclusive evidence of a direct link between proficiency in reading by third grade and the likelihood that a child will fall...

The Ansara family fund: Partnering beyond border for long-term impact

Posted by Jason C. Born on April 15, 2010

When Karen and Jim Ansara contacted the Boston Foundation on January 14, 2010 to talk about how their family’s donor advised fund could best respond to the earthquakes in Haiti – which had happened less than 48 hours before – they were continuing both a longstanding commitment to international...

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...

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