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Smart Philanthropy

April 26, 2002 | Benjamin T. White
Benjamin T. White covers creative uses of charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and charitable lead annuity trusts in wealth planning after the 2001 tax act. Read More
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Philanthropy in uncertain times

March 22, 2002 | Robert F. Sharpe
This article from Trusts and Estates looks at some of the advantageous options available to donors and philanthropic families in challenging economic times. ‘Governments continue even in the worst of economic times,’ notes the article’s author, Robert F. Sharpe, Jr. ‘But what of the nonprofit sector? How does this sector fare during difficult economic times? Is it societal ‘fluff’ that Read More
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Difficult Discussions at Difficult Times

March 4, 2002 | Deanne Stone
This Passages Issue Brief offers suggestions for preparing for and responding to the effect of crises of different magnitude on philanthropic families. These include personal crises such as death, illness, and interpersonal conflicts, as well as community and national crises — including natural disasters, riots, economic recession, and terrorism. Read More
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Legacy: the Helping Hand of Family Philanthropy

January 30, 2002 | Charles Hamilton, Jason Born
It's important to attend to family foundation legacy or it will be forgotten. Stories and formal legacy statements preserve a 'usable' past while renewing values for the future....Telling stories and preparing legacy statements are ways to help harness the "constant" in family philanthropy. Read More
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It’s not business as usual

November 30, 2001 | Ellen Bryson
Some foundation boards meet only a few times per year. Here’s how several foundation boards rallied by phone and in person after September 11. Read More
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Coming full circle

AOL Time Warner has found a new way to help its employees get to know each other better while doing something meaningful: It’s bringing them together in small groups to pool their money—anywhere from $25 each and up—and then give it away. The groups are called giving circles, and in helping to form them, AOL has jumped aboard one of the hottest new trends in philanthropy. Read More
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Supporting Organizations: Options, Opportunities, and Challenge

November 5, 2001 | Jason Born
Supporting organizations are flexible and entrepreneurial vehicles for family philanthropy. Families who know the specific causes they wish to support, and who are comfortable sharing control of their grantmaking with publicly appointed board members, may well find supporting organizations to be the most appropriate option for their philanthropic goals. Families seeking to support the programs and goals of a specific Read More