What I wish my parents had told me: An interview with Susan Packard Orr

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Being entrusted with a family foundation by one’s parents elicits a multitude of feelings. Like many things in life, foundation trusteeship decisions are rarely black and white. It can be challenging to honor the founding donor’s wishes when there are questions that were left unanswered. Join NCFP president Ginny Esposito as she interviews Susan Packard Orr about themes explored in her Distinguished Fellow Passages Issue Brief, “Things We Wish Our Founders Had Told Us: Interpreting Donor Legacy.” Susan describes the seven key things she wishes her parents had told her about their philanthropic goals and dreams in hopes that other families may see the value in discussing these issues while the founders are still present. 

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Ginny Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito, is the founding president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In January…

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Susan Packard Orr

Susan Packard Orr is the former board chair of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and…

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What others have said...

As a first generation family foundation board it is helpful to learn from peers who have experience, wisdom and advice on best practices to manage the challenges and opportunities of operating across generations and geography.


It flowed nicely and the material was presented well.  I especially liked the survey at the beginning so I can understand where our Foundation fit in with others.


Practical and wide ranging examples, no matter what your level of experience or size.


Exellent webinar. I wanted to hear from older organizations who have thoughtfully dealt with the challenges and opportunities of operating across generations and geography.


Nice to have affirmation from those with more experience.  We are well on our way with many of the issues and responses discussed, but the perspectives and the resources were extremely useful.


Several practical tools/advice for better engagement across generations and geography.


We can explore some of the different tools that were used to reach out to next generation members


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