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Estate Planning is Fun: Said Nobody. Ever.

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Jamie Forbes

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We all know we should have an estate plan, but it’s amazing how easy it is to put off. We are loath to imagine, talk about and plan for a time when we are no longer living. It can feel morbid and uncomfortable to think about—not to mention overwhelming to go through the process of understanding all the options and deciding which are best for you… Read More
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How Can We Study Integrated Philanthropy in Complex Multi­‐Generational Families?

Posted on July 2, 2019 by Wendy R. Ulaszek, Ph.D., Neus Feliu, Ph.D., Kelin E. Gersick, Ph.D., Don Carlson, J.D.

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Much has changed in the world of family philanthropy over the intervening decade. Many third-­ and later-­generation families have evolved multifaceted philanthropic structures with complex governance systems. Their legacy family foundations are often only one part of the machinery through which families express their philanthropic and social responsibility vision… Read More
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Obstacles and Pathways to Greater Giving for Social Change

Posted on June 28, 2019 by Alison Powell, Susan Wolf Ditkoff, Nidhi Sahni

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America’s philanthropic landscape is filled with many bright spots. In 2017, Americans gave away over $400 billion to charity for the first time. Giving has also reached historical highs amongst America’s wealthiest families. The most recent data show that households with $500 million or more in assets contributed around $45 billion to charity in 2017… Read More
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Building the Family in Family Foundations Through Mentorship

Posted on June 25, 2019 by Julien Goulet

As Mark Twain alludes to and those who have raised kids know—at a certain age, kids will only listen to a trusted confidant such as a teacher, a scout leader, a coach… or a mentor! Mentorship has been proven to have positive long-term benefits such as increased academic performance, college attendance, and reduced drug and alcohol use. It also has been shown to increase confidence and help unleash a young person’s potential… Read More
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Second Generation: The Daughters of an Early Microsoft Employee Explain Family Giving

Posted on June 14, 2019 by Inside Philanthropy

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This is a philanthropic story, but it is also an immigrant story. Rao and Satya Remala grew up in India; Remala was raised in a small village. But through education, he empowered himself. “Our parents are very giving people. They recognize how they got to where they are, and are very humbled by that experience,” Srilakshmi explains… Read More
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The Effects of Family Culture on Family Foundations

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Council on Foundations

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Yet it is exactly this—a characteristic way of thinking, feeling, judging, and acting—that defines a culture. In direct and subtle ways, children are molded by the family culture into which they are born. Growing up, their assumptions about what is right and wrong, good and bad, reflect the beliefs, values and traditions of the family culture. Most take for granted their family’s ways, and they carry into adulthood numerous attitudes and behaviors acquired in childhood… Read More
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You Can’t Hack Trust

Posted on June 7, 2019 by Yvonne Moore

Trust Key On Keyboard Meaning Believe Faith Or Trustful
While we live in an age of disruption, instantaneous global communication and rapid solutions, some things simply cannot be achieved via short-cuts. Working with individuals and families on their giving is no different. Authentic and trusting relationships take time, patience, and a sincere belief that each donor’s visions and dreams are as important to you as they are to their family… Read More
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Non-family Staff Peer Network Welcomes 3 New Co-chairs

Posted on June 3, 2019

The Non-family Staff Peer Network is thrilled to announce 3 new co-chairs in the next year. Welcome to Denise Porche, Steve Toben, and Kim Wright! We are excited for their leadership this upcoming year. NCFP would like to thank the Peer Network’s former co-chair Christine Koehn for her keen insight and guidance to the network, and the current chair Kelly… Read More

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