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Now or forever

Posted on March 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

Should families establish perpetual foundations or should they create foundations, donor-advised funds, and other giving vehicles designed to “sunset” or spend out their endowments at a certain point in their lifecycle? Or might both options be appropriate? While perpetuity—or, at least, perpetuity for the foreseeable future—is by far the most commonly chosen option among foundations in America today, a growing… Read More
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Ethics in Family Philanthropy: Putting Shared Values to Work

Posted on January 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

There are times when philanthropy is in the news for all the wrong reasons: stories of scandal and abuse garnering as much attention, if not more, than tales of valuable philanthropic contributions. Despite unfavorable press coverage and eroding public confidence in the nonprofit sector, things are not as dismal as they may seem. In most situations, the emphasis continues to… Read More
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5 Ways to Harness the Holiday Spirit for Use Year-Round

Posted on December 15, 2004 by Sarah Trzepacz

Each year as the holiday season approaches, life’s pace seems to quicken exponentially, hurtling us faster and faster through last-chance buying sprees to office parties, gift exchanges, and family meals to feed a cast of thousands. But even with so many things to do, people to see, and memories to make, many families still find the time to stop and… Read More
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Family Philanthropy in Community Foundations

Posted on November 15, 2004 by Sarah Trzepacz

Community involvement and support for local institutions have always been at the heart of family philanthropy. Many families feel a strong emotional and genealogical pull from their home states, cities, or towns long after economic ties have grown weak or been severed altogether. Perhaps the family business has been relocated to a larger city to take advantage of a better… Read More