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Philanthropic families employ a wide range of models to make decisions—from unilateral authority to consensus. However, identifying the appropriate structure is often a challenge and can serve as a barrier to effective philanthropic practices. Developing an appropriate decision-making framework for distinct situations allows families to rely on an established and agreed-upon process to find a solution smoothly and expediently. Learn about the range of models that philanthropic families adopt to guide their giving and explore how to promote a healthy, open, and honest culture of communication across a family philanthropy effort.

About this Series

The monthly Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar series provides guidance on the core tenets of effective family philanthropy—from motivations and values to governance, grantmaking, and succession. The series equips giving families with the latest information on evergreen topics in the donor lifecycle through practical takeaways and diverse family stories that illustrate important practices. Designed for seasoned practitioners and newcomers alike, the series is available to our Friends of the Family and Partner Subscriber organizations.

Featured Speakers

NCFP Board Member Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard

Ashley is the Head of Philanthropy at Lansberg Gersick Advisors (LGA), where she helps families define…

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Laura Donnelley

Laura chairs the board of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation of Chicago and the Low…

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Colleen Leth

Colleen Ritzau Leth is the President of the Board of Directors of the Tauck Family Foundation,…

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Ann Shulman

Ann Shulman, J.D., LL.M., is the Executive Director of Philanthropy Associates, a firm that provides customized…

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