Posts by Susan Crites Price

Successful Generations Podcast: Raising Kids with Generous Genes

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel and Susan Crites Price on February 16, 2018

In this episode, Susan and I discuss when to start engaging little ones in giving, family volunteering, role modeling, helping children find their philanthropic voice and much more!

Generation Z giving: Philanthropy goes digital

Posted by Susan Crites Price on March 25, 2015

Philanthropy for Generation Z–high school age and younger—is very different from that of previous generations. They won’t be confined to sharing their time, talent, and treasure. Now there’s a fourth T—ties. And along with their ability to connect with peers at home and around the world, they can do it wherever they are. No desk top computers for the “Always On” generation. With smart phones, these kids have the Internet in the palms of their hands—or screens in their jeans, as one wag put it.

Leading Through Change: Advice from and for Seasoned CEOs

Posted by Susan Crites Price on March 25, 2014

The longer CEOs stay in the job, the more they see strategic opportunities for the foundation. There may be strong reasons for funding some new areas with greater potential impact, entering into collaborations, or including advocacy grants in the mix, for example. But sometimes the challenge is convincing the board. “You have to stay attuned to bringing the family along,” cautions Alice Buhl, NCFP Senior Fellow. You may want to go faster, but the family isn’t ready to go there yet. Longtime CEOs must be flexible and alert to the family’s needs.” she notes that “boards haven’t had the connection or exposure the CEO has had,” so sometimes it takes a while to help them reach a new strategic level.

Philanthropy Meets the "Always On" Generation

Posted by Susan Crites Price on October 15, 2013

Family and community foundations that want to engage youth in grantmaking need to adapt to  a new generation of kids, many of whom have already gone digital with their philanthropy. Dubbed the “Always On” Generation, today’s young people have discovered they can do good in the world without going...

Letting Youth Lead the Way: A Report From the Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference

Posted by Susan Crites Price on August 15, 2012

If you want something done, put youth in charge. Youth in Action at the 2nd Annual Youth Philanthropy Connect conference When the first-ever conference for family foundation next generation board members wrapped up last year, the young attendees (ages 8 through 18) wanted to keep the momentum going....

The First Year: Tips and tools for the new family foundation CEO

Posted by Susan Crites Price on August 15, 2012

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from the new NCFP CEO Guide The First Year: The Complete Guide for New Family Foundation CEOs and their Boards of Directors volume 2 of our Family Foundation CEO Leadership Series. It is sometimes said that serving in the role of family foundation chief...

Getting Started with CEO Performance Review: Now’s the Time

Posted by Susan Crites Price on June 15, 2012

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from NCFP's CEO Guide, Performance Review: The Complete Guide to Evaluating the Family Foundation CEO, volume 3 of our Family Foundation CEO Leadership Series. In a 2010 interview study of 60 family foundation chief executives by National Center for Family...

Help Wanted: What’s So Special About the Family Foundation CEO?

Posted by Susan Crites Price on February 15, 2012

At some point in the life of most good-sized family foundations, the board will need to hire a chief executive officer. (For simplicity, CEO is used here to refer to the top paid staff person who may be called executive director, president, or a similar title.) The current CEO may retire or move on to...

Discretionary Grants: Engaging Family... Or Pandora's Box?

Posted by Susan Crites Price on December 15, 2011

Editor’s note: This month’s feature story is an excerpt from the new edition of our Passages issue paper series. A full copy of this issue paper, complete with specific tips, tools and interviews, is now available for members of our Friends of the Family Program and subscribers to the Family...

Next Gen Boards Make History

Posted by Susan Crites Price on July 15, 2011

Family philanthropy history was made last month when approximately 30 young people ages 8 to 18 from four family foundations met at Disneyland for the first ever retreat for next generation boards. Convened by the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, based in Los Angeles, the event was also supported by...

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