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Geographic Dispersion

Posted on December 15, 2007 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Q: My family’s foundation has traditionally given in New England and continues to support nonprofits there, but family members live all around the country. How do we keep people engaged? A: As today’s families are more mobile than ever, geographic dispersion has become a crucial issue for family philanthropists as they try to keep distant family members involved. Consider the… Read More
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Discretionary Grants Policy

Posted on November 15, 2007 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

Q: We were thinking of creating a discretionary grant policy where each board member could make some grants in their own areas while keeping the majority of the foundation’s grantmaking in our parents’ home state. How many other families do this and is this a good idea? A: Many family foundation boards allow discretionary grantmaking, that is, grants made largely… Read More
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The 990-PF in a Nutshell: What You Need to Know

Posted on August 15, 2004 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

What is the 990-PF and who needs to fill one out? The 990-PF is the tax return used for all private foundations filing under tax-exempt status, which inventories all of a foundation’s assets, investments, revenue, expenses, and charitable disbursements throughout the fiscal year. It also lists foundation officers, trustees, and the number of staff, itemizes its grants, and gives information… Read More

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