Geographic Dispersion: Giving Together Across Distances

About this collection: This Content Collection share webinars, stories, and tips for geographically dispersed family foundation boards and families.

In our increasingly mobile society, family philanthropies once defined by their proximity now encounter a new obstacle: geography. How does geography affect a philanthropy’s mission? How do you keep the family and the philanthropy together? This Content Collection share webinars, stories, and tips for geographically dispersed family foundation boards and families.

For an in-depth discussion of place-based family philanthropy, see Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family Commitment to Geography.

Featured Resource: Pride of Place

NCFP Webinars

May 12, 2016

Diverse and Dispersed: Managing a Far-Flung Family

In our increasingly mobile society, family philanthropies once defined by their proximity now encounter a new obstacle: geography. How does geography affect a philanthropy’s mission? How do you keep the family and the philanthropy together? And how do families take advantage of diverse perspectives on key issues within the …
May 9, 2013

Over the River and Through the Woods: Geographic Dispersion in Family Philanthropy

With family members living far apart, what steps can families take to build family identity and bonds that once evolved naturally from living in close proximity? How can family members whose lives have taken different paths forge a genuinely collaborative team driven by a mission derived from and embraced by …
April 11, 2013

Community Connections: Place-Based Family Philanthropy

While some families pay particular attention to the family’s legacy of giving, and some focus on a particular issue or cause, many choose to limit their grantmaking to a specific city, state or region. Hometown serves as both the family’s sense of place and commitment. Gratitude to a …
March 8, 2007

Engaging a Philanthropic Family with Many Divergent Interests

Stephen Toben, President of the Flora Family Foundation of Menlo Park, California, discusses the role of staff in helping to create a truly meaningful giving experience for philanthropic families. The Flora Family Foundation was founded in 1998 as a direct response to the desires of the descendants of William and Flora …
December 14, 2006

Grantmaking with a Compass: Geographic Dispersion in Philanthropic Families

In our increasingly mobile society, family philanthropies once defined by their proximity now encounter a new obstacle: geography. How does geography affect a philanthropy's mission? How do you keep the family and the philanthropy together? Nancy Brain and Diane Bryant, sisters and trustees of the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation, explore …

Grantmaking with a Compass: The Challenges of Geography

Community Foundations: A Tool for Managing Geographic Dispersion

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