Case Studies

The Butler Family Fund

Posted on May 24, 2008 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Inspired by a vision of “a world where being low-income does not mean having to choose between housing and food, and where everyone can have faith in our system of justice,” the $11-million, Washington, DC-based Butler Family Fund is an important advocate in the realms of homelessness and criminal justice reform. … Read More
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Perpetuity is a very long time

Posted on May 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

Families choose to create a perpetual foundation for a number of reasons. The Castle family’s decision to create a perpetual foundation, now the nation’s oldest family foundation, in 1894 was a combination of Mary Castle’s vision of a “century-long project” in Hawaii and a little historical circumstance… Read More
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Minimum Age for Board?

Posted on May 15, 2008 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Q: At what age should we welcome new board members? Esposito points out lots of ways to be involved in a family’s philanthropy at any age. Going on site visits, reviewing proposals, reporting on grantee activities and family members’ personal charity and philanthropy, and assisting with finance, administration, and communication are all important tasks… Read More

A Community of Support

Posted on May 15, 2008 by Virginia M. Esposito

Having recently attended the Council on Foundations’ Summit here in the Washington area, and after having attended more than 25 of these conferences (and countless others) over the years, I’m struck by how much I still learn when the philanthropic world gathers. There are amazing insights to be found in the experiences of those who have much to teach… Read More
Case Studies

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation

Posted on April 18, 2008

Like many family foundations of its size and age, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania faces a number of challenges: carrying on an important charitable legacy while engaging a growing geographically dispersed family, and balancing the diverse interests of that family to make grants that make a difference. It succeeds in navigating these sometimes difficult waters by virtue… Read More
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Strategic Giving: A Balancing Act

Posted on April 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

Giving families walk a fine line balancing social impact and family unity. With scarce resources and great needs, many families want every grant to have the most impact possible. At the same time, they are collectively engaged in a family enterprise whose members often have diverse interests, live in different places, and have very different preferences for what to fund… Read More
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Should we pay the trustees of our family foundation?

Posted on April 15, 2008 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

The decision to compensate board members, then, largely depends on your values and circumstances. Some foundations may choose to offer board compensation to recognize the extraordinary service of individual trustees, to encourage participation of younger family members and branches of the family that are less financially secure, or to attract committed and experienced non-family members to the board. Others choose… Read More