This is the introduction for Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations, the landmark 2006 study by a team of researchers led by Kelin Gersick and co-published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy. This introduction features the lead author’s proposition that the concept of “success” in family foundations has been severely under-explored in the field of philanthropy, and an important overview of the developmental stages and transitions in family foundations.

Also included is a fairly in-depth look at the six components of transitions in a typical family foundation, an overview of the overall structure of the book, and a list of critical questions for the reader to consider.

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Based upon a study of foundations in the United States and Canada that have survived through at least two generations, the authors ask probing questions, including: Why were these foundations started? How did the families of the founders come to be involved? And how did they organize themselves to do their work from year to year, decade to decade?

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