Darlene M. Siska is a freelance writer and editor specializing in philanthropy. She is the former managing editor of Foundation News and Commentary, and her work has appeared in Foundation News & Commentary, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Worth


International Grantmaking: Family Giving Goes Global

Posted on October 30, 2006 by Darlene Siska

Geraldine Kunstadter is chairperson of the Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation, a small foundation based in New York City that started international giving in 1983. Its activity began after a Chinese architect and friend of Kunstadter’s introduced her to colleagues who were curious about American architecture during the Cold War, when China was cut off from the West. Kunstadter decided to gather discarded books about architecture from U.S. libraries for them. … Read More

Growing to Give: Instilling Philanthropic Values in Teens and Preteens

Posted on June 28, 2004 by Darlene Siska

The teenage years can be the most tumultuous ones—particularly for parents! Parents may want their children to become charitable for any number of reasons: to prepare them to take formal leadership one day of the family’s foundation or other giving vehicle; to participate in philanthropy as a family activity; or to develop charitable natures as an antidote to the possibility… Read More