Joseph Foote

Contributing Editor, National Center for Family Philanthropy

Joseph Foote served for many years as a Contributing Editor of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, writes about public policy and philanthropy from his home on Cape Cod. His clients have included Presidential and Congressional studies, large grantmakers, and philanthropic organizations. He has written for the Council on Foundations, The Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, and Independent Sector, among others. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Law School.


A Place at the Table: Non-Family Membership on the Family Foundation Board

Posted on March 17, 2012 by Dorna L. Allen, Joseph Foote

Family giving comes from a common cause, a shared vision, a particular need for giving back a portion of life’s gifts. Family members can focus on shared personal interests and can shape the architecture of their giving by expressing and validating shared family experience. Foundation board service can be the means by which family members find a new and worthwhile… Read More
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A Place at the Table for Non-Family Trustees?

Posted on May 11, 2011 by Joseph Foote

When a family foundation board works as a team, with harmony in vision and purpose, it may see no immediate need to bring in individuals who are not related to the donor family. The family itself is the board’s first and greatest resource. Over time however, circumstances may arise where family members are not sufficient to meet the board’s expectations… Read More
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Families Step Up to Meet the Economic Crisis

Posted on January 15, 2009 by Joseph Foote

On a sunny Sunday in November, 2008, the board of the Durfee Foundation gathered in the 48-year-old foundation’s office in Santa Monica, California. The trustees already knew that the foundation’s assets of approximately $30 million had fallen 30 percent. The talk before the meeting focused on the growing economic crisis and its impact on the foundation, local nonprofits, and the… Read More