Alice Buhl served as Senior Fellow to the National Center for Family Philanthropy from 2004 to 2019. She was a founding board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and led the development of the “Pursuit of Excellence” assessment process. She also is a frequent contributor to National Center publications.

Alice is a Senior Consultant for Lansberg, Gersick & Associates and has extensive experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. Born and raised outside Chicago, she earned her MBA from Washington University (St. Louis). Alice has served as executive director of the Conference on Education and of the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy in St. Louis, and senior vice president of the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC. Since 1990, Alice has been a consultant in philanthropy to many American and Canadian family foundations and prominent private foundations, specializing in assisting families as they manage critical challenges affecting their grantmaking. Alice and her husband live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Notes from a Senior Fellow: Mothers and Legacy

Posted on November 15, 2008 by Alice Buhl

I had the privilege of being on a panel at the National Center’s 10th Anniversary symposium with four wonderful women in philanthropy: Judy Belk, Senior Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; Julie Fisher Cummings, Managing Trustee, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Family Foundation; Susan Packard Orr, Trustee, David and Lucile Packard Foundation; and Noa Staryk, Trustee, The McKnight Foundation. The… Read More

Passing the Baton: Generations Sharing Leadership

Posted on July 10, 2008 by Alice Buhl

Today's family foundation field has many well-prepared next generation members and a whole generation of longer living, active senior members. And while the field has been resourceful in promoting next-generation involvement, it has done little to address succession issues for the senior generation or to consider options for shared, multi-generational leadership… Read More

Passing the Baton: Generations Sharing Leadership

Posted on June 4, 2008 by Alice Buhl

Today’s family foundation field has many well-prepared next generation members and a whole generation of longer living, active senior members. And while the field has been resourceful in promoting next gen involvement, it has done little to address succession issues for the senior generation or to consider options for shared, multi-generational leadership. Alice Buhl discusses lessons learned from family business,… Read More

Board Compensation: Reasonable and Necessary?

Posted on May 25, 2005 by Alice Buhl

Deciding whether to compensate family foundation board members can be a difficult and complex decision. This presentation reviewed some of the arguments both for and against trustee compensation, provided suggestions for how to initiate a conversation among your board members about whether or not compensation is appropriate, and provided suggestions for how to develop a written policy based on this… Read More

Family foundation staffing models

Posted on October 28, 1997 by Alice Buhl, Judith K. Healey

Family foundations generally use a variation of four models in planning the management of their organization – the administrator, consultant, director, or family staff model (or some combination). All of these models are effective, depending on what is important to the family. This sidebar describes the strengths and possible disadvantages of each of these four management models… Read More