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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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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The Slingshot Fund

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

A new group of young Jews, the grandsons and granddaughters of several prominent giving families, is carrying on a legacy of giving while rewriting the rules for a new generation. The Slingshot Fund was born on Grand Street. Danielle Durchslag, a great-granddaughter of Nathan Cummings, founder of Sara Lee, wanted to meet some of her peers, to explore what the… Read More
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The Educational Foundation of America

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

Many foundation investment advisors contend it’s best to keep the investment side and the grantmaking side of philanthropy separate. “I hear it all the time,” says John Powers, a board member of the Educational Foundation of America (EFA), a family foundation based in Westport, Connecticut. “Let our money managers make money any way they can because you’ll have more to give away.”… Read More
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The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation

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

Clarifying the founders’ intent is an issue very close to the heart of many philanthropic families, but this concern took on special urgency for the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1986, the $17-million family foundation is located in Lehigh County where the Orphans’ Court periodically reviews the foundations established there, and has considerable… Read More
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The Lumpkin Family Foundation

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

When the Lumpkin family began, in 2005, to consider a new grant program, they encountered a stumbling block. While the family had a number of common interests—healthy food, education, water quality, nonprofit capacity-building—none of them produced enough “collective passion” to warrant the creation of a new grantmaking focus. “Rather than picking one of the program areas to work in, we… Read More
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The Laird Norton Family

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

With a family business that goes back 152 years, the Laird Norton family has a lot of history to chronicle. That’s why they’ve chosen several ways to do it, including some novel approaches. In 1855, two brothers, Matthew George Norton and James Laird Norton, and their cousin, William Harris Laird, formed the Laird Norton Company, the first of many Laird… Read More

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