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Evaluating Effectiveness: Pursuing Excellence in Your Family’s Philanthropy

April 15, 2005 | Sarah Trzepacz
While no family launches a charitable giving vehicle with the intention of spending time and resources without results, it can often be difficult to quantify or even evaluate the results of one’s philanthropy. Certainly every family hopes that their giving will have a positive impact on the world around them: on their own lives and the lives of those in Read More
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Now or forever

March 15, 2005 | Sarah Trzepacz
Should families establish perpetual foundations or should they create foundations, donor-advised funds, and other giving vehicles designed to “sunset” or spend out their endowments at a certain point in their lifecycle? Or might both options be appropriate? While perpetuity—or, at least, perpetuity for the foreseeable future—is by far the most commonly chosen option among foundations in America today, a growing Read More
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Ethics in Family Philanthropy: Putting Shared Values to Work

January 15, 2005 | Sarah Trzepacz
There are times when philanthropy is in the news for all the wrong reasons: stories of scandal and abuse garnering as much attention, if not more, than tales of valuable philanthropic contributions. Despite unfavorable press coverage and eroding public confidence in the nonprofit sector, things are not as dismal as they may seem. In most situations, the emphasis continues to Read More
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5 Ways to Harness the Holiday Spirit for Use Year-Round

December 15, 2004 | Sarah Trzepacz
Each year as the holiday season approaches, life’s pace seems to quicken exponentially, hurtling us faster and faster through last-chance buying sprees to office parties, gift exchanges, and family meals to feed a cast of thousands. But even with so many things to do, people to see, and memories to make, many families still find the time to stop and Read More
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Holiday Traditions

December 15, 2004 | Virginia M. Esposito
Many family foundations and funds have chosen to hold their annual meetings during the Thanksgiving weekend. It is a time when family is together and it makes sense for so many geographically dispersed families to add their philanthropic business to the shared celebration of giving thanks. What goes better than turkey and stuffing if not gratitude and generosity? I get Read More
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Family Philanthropy in Community Foundations

November 15, 2004 | Sarah Trzepacz
Community involvement and support for local institutions have always been at the heart of family philanthropy. Many families feel a strong emotional and genealogical pull from their home states, cities, or towns long after economic ties have grown weak or been severed altogether. Perhaps the family business has been relocated to a larger city to take advantage of a better Read More
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Faith and Family Philanthropy: the Power of Giving to Improve and Strengthen Communities

October 15, 2004 | Sarah Trzepacz
Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.  —Zoroaster And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity —I Corinthians We. . .have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us, their children. It Read More
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Accountability to Our Common Tradition

October 15, 2004 | Kevin Laskowski
Stewardship is a term that is healthily disciplining, but it is also too passive: it does remind us of the specific trusts we have accepted, but it does not suggest the creative roles we inescapably play. We are stewards not merely of money, but of a tradition–a tradition [that] is still evolving. And that makes us accountable not only for Read More