How to Serve the Redefined Family

About this collection: This content collection was curated to provide resources and tips for how your philanthropic family can adapt to a redefined family.

Curated By: Jen Crino

The definition of the American family has morphed alongside an explosion of diversity. Today, homes with unmarried parents, same-sex couples with adopted children, and single parents are as increasingly common as the traditional family of a married husband, wife, and child. With families growing ever more varied, foundations and donor-advised funds need clear advice and guidance regarding who participates in their philanthropy and in what roles.

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Managing Family Dynamics: A Primer for Community Foundation Staff and Donor Families

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Family members marry, divorce, remarry, form domestic partnerships, and, in many cases, move far away from the family home. Siblings may have long established patterns of competitiveness, feelings of fairness, or other sibling rivalry issues. Parents and children may have values that differ significantly. Communication may break down. In turn,…

The Changing Face of Philanthropy: Diversity in Family Giving

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Quick, create a mental picture of a philanthropist. What do you see? An older white man? That’s the picture that pops into most of our heads. And it’s not surprising — this is the dominant image of philanthropy in the United States. From Andrew Carnegie to Warren Buffett, these are…
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The Effects of Family Culture on Family 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…

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April 12, 2012

Diverse Voices in Family Giving

While little is certain about the future of giving, one trend is clear: the diversity of voices active in family philanthropy will reflect the increasing diversity of society at large. What are the emerging trends in this area, and how can existing family philanthropies network with and promote increased and…
June 13, 2019

The New Normal: How to Serve the Redefined Family

The definition of the American family has morphed alongside an explosion of diversity. Today, homes with unmarried parents, same-sex couples with adopted children, and single parents are as increasingly common as the traditional family of a married husband, wife, and child. With families growing ever more varied, foundations and donor-advised…