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.


Breaking Down Barriers Between Grantmakers and Grantseekers

Posted on October 24, 2002 by Deanne Stone

More families are reaching out to nonprofit organizations than in the past, but grantseekers and grantmakers are still often isolated from one another. Neither knows enough about the other and when they do talk, they tend to talk only about matters related to proposals. This short sidebar provides suggestions for ways to better connect with your grantees and the communities… Read More

Advice from Colleagues for Responding to Crises

Posted on October 21, 2002 by Deanne Stone

This sidebar presents a series of lessons from families that have made grants during local, national, and family crises. Advice from families includes: pause before acting; don’t put narrow restrictions on grants; and engage people who live and work in the community in planning and implementing responses to the crisis. Talking over each of these points can help your family… Read More

Difficult Discussions at Difficult Times

Posted on March 4, 2002 by 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

Formulas for Dividing Grant Allocations

Posted on October 29, 1999 by Deanne Stone

The geographically dispersed foundations in this monograph varied widely in their approaches to dividing grant allocations. In an effort to be scrupulously fair-or in some cases to avoid family squabbles-some foundations devised precise mathematical formulas for dividing funds among geographic and program areas. Others took the opposite approach; they operated without any rules or policies. Somehow, discussions about formulas never came up in those families, and the grants the boards allocated were accepted without opposition… Read More

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