Julia Kittross is the author of So You Want to be a Philanthropist and co-founder and principal of Philanthropy Sherpas. Julia has more than 35 years of experience in philanthropy as a teacher, adviser, organizer, program designer, manager, grantmaker, CEO, and entrepreneur. I have worked with hundreds of trustees, donors and staff of private foundations, individual philanthropists, public and community foundations, and corporate grantmakers. My experience ranges from start-up bootstrapping to organizational management. Career highlights include working as the first full-time CEO of Philanthropy Northwest (a multi- state regional association of grantmakers), founding partner of The Giving Practice and Executive Director of the Laird Norton Family Foundation. 

Julia is one of a small group of consultants trained by the National Center for Family Philanthropy to lead family foundations through its Pursuit of Excellence Assessment. And I am also a Senior Fellow with The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston.


So You Want to Be a Family Philanthropist?

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Julia Kittross, Kathy Edwards, Sue Miller

Sometimes philanthropy is done purely for altruistic reasons, but often there are other motivations. Donors with an interest in engaging their family in shared philanthropy must review both the tax implications and administrative costs of the charitable vehicle(s) they consider, as well as the degree of control and influence they wish to retain for years, and perhaps generations, to come… Read More