Deborah Brody Hamilton is currently communications and knowledge management lead for Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a USAID and Fintrac Inc. program. Previously, she was vice president at the Keystone Center, and director at the Association of Small Foundations and the National Center for Family Philanthropy.


The Rebirth of a Legacy: The Lydia B. Stokes Foundation

Posted on January 5, 2021 by Deborah Brody Hamilton

Note: This case study was written and released in 2001 as part of NCFP’s Living the Legacy guide; current circumstances at the foundation may be different than described here. Lydia B. Stokes was a woman of principles. Reared as a Presbyterian, she converted to Quakerism when she married. She and her husband, a medical doctor, lived in Moorestown, New Jersey… Read More

Becoming More Than We Are: Ten Trends in Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 4, 2004 by Deborah Brody Hamilton

Changes in the world over the past twenty years – economic, environmental, global, and social – have inexorably changed the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Family philanthropy, once quiet and private, has become much more public and transparent. As a way to help make sense of some of this, this issue of Passages takes a look at ten trends driving and… Read More

Giving Until It Hurts: Coping With a Tough Economy

Posted on June 4, 2003 by Deborah Brody Hamilton

In early 2003, following two years of steady stock market declines, many nonprofits faced what commentators described as a ‘perfect storm’ in their funding. This Passages Issue Brief describes strategies that foundations and non-profits have used to survive these and other related cut backs… Read More

Staffing Your Family Foundation

Posted on October 28, 2002 by Deborah Brody Hamilton

When family members find a true fit between the foundation’s mission and their career goals and skills, having a family member as a family foundation staff can be ideal. This sidebar provides suggestions and advice for ways to ensure that this is a mutually beneficial arrangement for the individual and for the foundation… Read More

System differences between a family and a philanthropy

Posted on October 28, 2002 by Deborah Brody Hamilton

How do your family’s personal relationships overlap with your philanthropic giving? How can you create constructive overlap for your family and your philanthropy? This chart, adapted from a workshop by family business expert Judy Barber, illustrates the overlap between a ‘family philanthropy system’ and a ‘family/personal system.’… Read More

Setting Up Shop

Posted on October 27, 2002 by Deborah Brody Hamilton

Establishing good management processes and procedures for your family foundation at the outset supports the program goals and content of your philanthropy. This chapter from 'Splendid Legacy' introduces a philosophy and structure for managing your family foundation, including: Managing in support of the charitable mission; Assessing what work must be done; Deciding how the work can be done. … Read More