Multi-faceted Giving

About this collection: This content collection was curated to help answer those questions and allow your philanthropic family to better accommodate diverse systems of giving.

Curated By: Jen Crino

How can families with multi-faceted philanthropic efforts – those with multiple foundations or funds, who are also using impact investing and other creative strategies – develop governance systems and structures that accommodate this complexity? What processes are these “complex” families using to allocate available human capital to the various governance structures? What approaches are they using to address dilemmas of a unified versus diverse philanthropic agenda across different vehicles? And how are they managing family dynamics in these complex governance systems?

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Generations - African American Family

Why Study Integrated Philanthropy in Complex Multi-Generational Families?

Blog Post
In a follow-­up to Generations of Giving, NCFP is now co-­sponsoring a research project with LGA to explore how complex, multigenerational business families are using a variety of vehicles beyond their family foundations to pursue philanthropic goals—including their personal philanthropy, donor-­advised funds, corporate social responsibility programs, …
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How Can We Study Integrated Philanthropy in Complex Multi­‐Generational Families?

Blog Post
Much has changed in the world of family philanthropy over the intervening decade. Many third-­ and later-­generation families have evolved multifaceted philanthropic structures with complex governance systems. Their legacy family foundations are often only one part of the machinery through which families express their philanthropic and social responsibility vision.

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August 8, 2019

Family Philanthropy Through Multiple Vehicles

How can families with multi-faceted philanthropic efforts – those with multiple foundations or funds, who are also using impact investing and other creative strategies – develop governance systems and structures that accommodate this complexity? What processes are these “complex” families using to allocate available human capital to the various governance structures? What …
February 25, 2005

Generations of Giving: Lessons on Governance and Continuity

For every family member involved in a family foundation or advised fund, there are two fundamental questions: Why are we doing this? And why am I participating? The second in a two-part series, Kelin Gersick presented key lessons on governance and explored questions in the areas of reviewing and reinventing …
December 8, 2004

Generations of Giving: the Development of the Family Foundation

For every family member involved in a family foundation or advised fund, there are two fundamental questions: Why are we doing this? And why am I participating? The first in a two-part series, Kelin Gersick presented the results of the National Center's recent publication, Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity …