Deanne Stone previously served as associate of Lansberg Gersick in New Haven, Connecticut, and as a Contributing Editor of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Stone was a co-author of NCFP’s seminal study, Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations. Since 1988, she has specialized in writing about family foundations and family businesses. Ms. Stone holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Northwestern University, and an M.A. in Education from the University of Chicago.


Project vs. general support grants

Posted on November 4, 2002 by Deanne Stone

This sidebar provides reasons that some funders prefer general operating support grants for management, administration, and capacity-building, whereas others are more comfortable making commitments to specific projects agreed to by both parties… Read More

Grantmakers Have Many Methods of Support

Posted on October 29, 2002 by Deanne Stone

Monetary grants are only one of many types of support families can offer to grantees. This sidebar describes a variety of different types of support can be used effectively by family philanthropies of all sizes… Read More

How healthy families communicate

Posted on October 29, 2002 by Deanne Stone

This checklist provides several straightforward tips for healthy communication within families, including: listen without judgement; speak respectfully; and respect one another’s privacy. A good list to share with your family members in advance of a group discussion on this topic. … Read More

Establishing Grantmaking Interests and Priorities

Posted on October 28, 2002 by Deanne Stone

Grantmaking is the central activity of a family foundation or donor advised fund and the purpose for its existence. This chapter from 'Splendid Legacy' explores a wide range of issues that are likely to come up in your grantmaking - from developing guidelines to learning how to conduct effective site visits to measuring the effectiveness of your philanthropy. … Read More

Suggestions for effective grants agreements

Posted on October 28, 2002 by Deanne Stone

Typically, grantmakers think of evaluation as something done after the grant has been made. In fact, it is often more useful to ask yourself questions before you award a grant. What do we hope to achieve with this grant? How will we recognize the organization’s progress? What will success look like? Clarifying expectations allows you and your grantees to stay… Read More

Devising a Grants Formula

Posted on October 27, 2002 by Deanne Stone

Family foundations and advised funds enjoy wide latitude in deciding how to allocate their grant funds. This sidebar presents hypothetical examples of two families and the grants formula decisions that made sense for their goals… Read More

Selecting a Proposal Application Form

Posted on October 27, 2002 by Deanne Stone

What are the issues to consider when selecting an appropriate application form for your philanthropy? This sidebar provides suggestions for effective application forms, and for how to adapt existing forms for your needs. Also included is a sample grant application form from the Marshall Fund of Arizona… Read More