October 18, 2017 - Washington, DC, USA: National Center for Family Philanthropy, National Forum on Family Philanthropy. Photo by Ian Wagreich / © Ian Wagreich Photography

Stories for Engaged Learning

About this collection: Stories for Engaged Learning is a collection of case studies rooted in the practical experiences of family and private foundations; the stories are designed for engaged learning. 

Stories for Engaged Learning is a collection of case studies rooted in the practical experiences of family and private foundations; the stories are designed for engaged learning.

Families enjoy a rich tradition of sharing stories that connect, amuse and informEach story in this collection shines a spotlight on a family foundation navigating a particular challenge in creating effective philanthropy. The names have been changed, and the actual outcome withheld, so that the stories become the readers’ own to shape.

Download a copy of any of these complimentary case studies, and contact Mary Phillips at (617) 426-7080 to discuss other available case studies and your particular interests. We are grateful to NCFP for sharing this collection.

Case Studies

Finding Agreement on Family Boards: The Belle Trust

Case Study
Family members frequently have different political viewpoints, lifestyles, and priorities. Left unresolved, some disagreements threaten a foundation’s effectiveness and undermine the donor’s intent.

Changing Nature of Family Boards: Three Mini-Case Studies

Case Study
While they may be cut from the same genetic cloth, family members frequently have different political viewpoints, lifestyles, and priorities.  The changing nature of your family may be creating challenges to harmonious and effective governance.