Katie Marcus Reker has been active in youth philanthropy since age twelve as a Junior Board Member of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and now serves as a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors. She also serves as a member of the Association of Small Foundations’ Next Generation Committee. Katie has always enjoyed making site visits, learning about grantmaking by sponsoring several grants, and sitting in on board of directors meetings. In 2008, she was one of the Fox Foundation panelists at an Engaging Youth session at the Association of Small Foundations conference in Denver, in 2008. Katie was thrilled to reprise that role in 2012, as co-moderator of a Learning Lab at ASF National in San Francisco, 2012.


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Igniting the spark, part II: How do next gen boards work and how do we create one?

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Kevin Laskowski, Katie Marcus Reker, Andrea Hernandez Rodriguez

Part 2 of 2 The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards.”  Giving families prepare their younger members for potential board service in a variety of ways, as… Read More

Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Gen Boards

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Andrea Hernandez Rodriguez, Katie Marcus Reker, Kevin Laskowski

This Passages Issue Brief introduces an increasingly popular method for preparing the next generation for philanthropic service: the next generation or junior board. The paper covers the variety of purposes for establishing next generation boards and how they are typically structured, explores how foundations use next generation boards as a tool for engaging younger family members, and describes options for preparing younger family members for governance and grantmaking… Read More