Case Studies

The Gallagher Foundation

Posted on December 15, 2005 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

This month features the story of the Gallagher Foundation of Minneapolis. Founded in 2001 by Ellen and Jerry Gallagher, the foundation’s mission is to “promote peace and prosperity through education.” The foundation accomplishes this mission by providing scholarships to academically talented young people in Turkey, Mexico, and South Africa. To find out more about the Gallaghers, their foundation’s work, and their experiences… Read More
Featured Article

Disaster Giving: The Role of Families in Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding

Posted on November 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

Although many families establish their philanthropies with a specific mission in mind which governs their grantmaking focus and decisions, many can’t help but feel a strong desire to contribute when natural disasters and other tragedies hit both close to home and across the globe. Past natural disasters have not only rallied the support of America’s giving families, but have also… Read More
Featured Article

Ethical Wills: Writing Your Chapter of the Family History

Posted on October 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

To be faithful to ourselves, we must keep our ancestors and posterity within reach and grasp of our thoughts and affections, living in the memory and retrospect of the past, and hoping with affection and care for those who are to come after. —Daniel Webster It’s widely acknowledged that the time to think about estate-planning or writing your will is… Read More
Featured Article

Matching Your Family’s Passion with Giving Strategies

Posted on September 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

Even for families with a long history of charitable giving to church groups, civic organizations, educational institutions, and other non-profit organizations, deciding to embark on a formalized philanthropic agenda may seem like a formidable task. Perhaps your family already has a giving vehicle—a donor-advised fund or foundation—and is considering launching a second one, or even a third, to accommodate increasing… Read More
Featured Article

Site Visits: a Tool for Effective and Engaged Donors

Posted on August 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

Writing a check to a nonprofit is not in and of itself a particularly satisfying activity and it is only one step in getting the job done. There is no greater satisfaction than having some involvement with the organization you are helping to fund. Site visits accomplish this. Nothing beats getting to know the people and their work up close… Read More
Featured Article

Six Timeless Tips for Raising Philanthropic Children

Posted on July 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

Providing for children not only involves ensuring that they have clothes on their backs, roofs over their heads, and food in their stomachs, it also requires that families supply a sense of appreciation for their gifts, monetary and otherwise, and the desire to share those gifts with others. But when should parents begin teaching children about philanthropy? If children are… Read More
Featured Article

Evaluating Effectiveness: Pursuing Excellence in Your Family’s Philanthropy

Posted on April 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

While no family launches a charitable giving vehicle with the intention of spending time and resources without results, it can often be difficult to quantify or even evaluate the results of one’s philanthropy. Certainly every family hopes that their giving will have a positive impact on the world around them: on their own lives and the lives of those in… Read More
Featured Article

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