Family Philanthropy Through the Family Office (Full Report)

As the field of family philanthropy evolves, the options available to families for managing and making the most of their giving continue to keep pace. One option that a growing number of philanthropic families are considering is the creation of a single family office, a private entity that manages the investments and trusts for a single wealthy family—or multiple branches of a family—while also providing a variety of other personal services, among them philanthropic advising or the housing of a family foundation.

This special Passages report is based on results of the first national study to explore the relationship between family offices and family philanthropy, identifying common themes for both success and failure. As a benchmark report for the field, the study draws on personal interviews and results from a survey of family offices to highlight emerging best practices by which family foundations and family offices can effectively work together to maximize the positive returns for the community and the family.