Kathleen Wagner is a Senior Philanthropic Officer at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Kathleen is dedicated to helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals and make a difference on the issues that are important to them. She actively supports donors in maximizing the impact of their philanthropic giving and donor-advised fund management. Since joining the Foundation in 2014, Kathleen has helped to steward an engaged community of donors who learn and partner with the Foundation on grantmaking, family philanthropy, and other investments. Kathleen is a certified philanthropy consultant for multi-generational families through the 21/64 network. Kathleen also leads our Spark Opportunity Donor Giving Circle, focused on continued learning and grantmaking to close the Opportunity Gap in Atlanta. Kathleen received her BA in Social Work from George Mason University, and her MSW at Hunter College in New York City. Kathleen grew up in Atlanta and now lives in Candler Park.
In philanthropic families, no subject generates more questions than preparing for and successfully passing the responsibility of a foundation or fund to successor generations. Family members consider issues both personal (e.g. self-identity, legacy, family roles) and pragmatic (e.g. timing, knowledge and skills required, differing work and decision-making styles). Community foundation staff can play a key role in smoothing those transitions in donor families, often helping families plan… Read More
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