Judith K. Healey

Consultant and Author

Judith Koll Healey is a philanthropic professional, working in major foundations. She is currently president of a national firm that works with families of wealth in their philanthropic efforts. She is a published poet and short fiction writer and has lectured internationally on the topic of art and the unconscious. Her passion is medieval history, and The Canterbury Papers is her first novel. Read more…


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Rules of Engagement for Family Foundation Board Meetings

Posted on June 15, 2009 by Judith K. Healey

A: This a common complaint of families who make grants together. It’s challenging enough for unrelated people to do this important work, but personalities and family baggage can make meetings even more complicated. Judy Healey, a leading family philanthropy consultant shares 10 rules for more harmonious communication in the board room: 1) Learn to listen. 2) Respect the position of… Read More

Family Boards: Why Can’t We Just All Get Along?

Posted on May 14, 2009 by Judith K. Healey

Every family has occasional disagreements when they engage in grantmaking together. How do you handle such common dilemmas as: family members who disagree on grantmaking, discretionary dollars or payouts; members who act out at board meetings or don’t do their share; a leader that’s not willing to step down; individuals who carry their family baggage or branch differences into the board room?… Read More

Next Generation Involvement

Posted on October 30, 2003 by Judith K. Healey

Awareness of the complexity of family interactions should inform future planning. If the foundation is to continue as a family foundation, it is essential to plan for the involvement of the next generation… Read More

Example of a Family Foundation Strategic Plan

Posted on October 28, 2003 by Judith K. Healey

An example of a plan that a family foundation might create, from NCFP’s Voyage of Discovery workbook on strategic planning. Tips for developing such a plan include: 1) Keep the plan short. 2) Put the plan in the front of your board book at every meeting. 3) Don’t try to plan for more than three years ahead… Read More

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