A Guide to Meaningfully Engaging Next-Generation Adults in Your Philanthropy

One of the most important moments in the life of a family’s philanthropy is when the those who are currently managing the efforts formally welcome members of the next generation—or generations—into the work. Welcoming next-generation family members at any stage requires careful planning, but formally doing so when they are adults can be particularly complex. Bringing adults into the family philanthropy in a substantial way without a thoughtful strategy can lead to both generations feeling frustration and disappointment, and it can hinder impact. Doing it well, however, can bring great personal meaning, bolster a family’s legacy, and move it closer to achieving the positive changes they seek in our world.