Case Studies

The Harman Family Foundation: Learning Leads to Focus

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

Wellesley College Professor of English Barbara Harman awaited the release of her book The Feminine Political Novel in Victorian England. The year was 1998, and when it arrived, after 10 long years of research and writing, she experienced something she assumes many authors discover upon the publication of their work. “That 10 years had been wrapped up in a little… Read More
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The Charles A. Frueaff Foundation

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

It’s moving day at the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation. It’s a hectic but exciting time. After 10 years in the same three-room office space, the Frueauff Foundation is moving to a new 4300-square-foot headquarters complete with board rooms and conference space in Little Rock’s booming River Market district. And they’re taking several Arkansas nonprofits with them. The Frueauff Foundation’s new… Read More
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The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

Posted on May 15, 2007 by Kevin Laskowski

Charles Bronfman returned from a trustees’ meeting of the Mount Sinai Medical Center with an idea. Bronfman, Chairman and co-founder with his late wife Andrea of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, had heard of the Medical Center’s efforts in the emerging field of personalized medicine. Dr. Jeffrey Solomon, President of the Philanthropies, recalls, “He came back to the foundation… Read More
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The Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation

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

“Mr. Johnson felt he had been ‘lucky.’ Those were his words: ‘You know, we’ve been lucky with money.’” Theodore “Ted” Johnson returned from service as a gunnery officer in World War I and took a job with Merchants Parcel Delivery, a private messenger and delivery service. Johnson would work his way through college and up in the company, obtaining an… Read More
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The Hill-Snowdon Foundation

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

Arthur B. Hill, a pharmaceutical salesman with no formal education who worked his way to the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson, created the Arthur B. Hill Foundation in 1959. For years, the foundation would operate as a “kitchen table” philanthropy with volunteer family members managing the assets and supporting personal interests. Ashley Snowdon, Arthur Hill’s great-granddaughter and now… Read More
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The Durfee Foundation: Supporting Sabbaticals for Nonprofit Leaders

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

Stan and Dorothy founded what would become the Durfee Foundation in 1960. In those days, it bore the Avery name as did their flourishing business. As the company became more successful, though, the family suggested taking on Dorothy’s name Durfee to distinguish between the company’s philanthropy and the family’s philanthropy. In 1977, the family foundation became the Durfee Foundation and… Read More
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Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation

Posted on August 15, 2006 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

In August, Profiles in Family Philanthropy features the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation of Grinnell, Iowa. The foundation was established in 1993 by the late Claude W. Ahrens. Mr. Ahrens enjoyed a long, successful business career in the playground and agricultural manufacturing fields and desired to return some of the fruits of his labor, with a focus on his… Read More
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The Nickle Family Foundation

Posted on April 15, 2006 by National Center for Family Philanthropy

This month we profile the Nickle Family Foundation, based in Alberta, Canada, which is the product of two earlier foundations, one founded by Samuel Clarence Nickle, Sr. and the other by his son, Carl O. Nickle. The Foundation, which is currently governed exclusively by members of the third and fourth generations, funds a wide range of causes throughout its home… Read More
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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

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