Sarah Trzepacz served as Online Educational Resources Manager for NCFP and as editor of Family Giving News from 2004 to 2008.


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In Loving Memory: the Pros and Con of Legacy Grants

Posted on July 15, 2006 by Sarah Trzepacz

The loss of a loved one is difficult for any family to bear, and the desire to celebrate and honor his or her life and accomplishments is natural and common. For philanthropic families, if the lost family member has played a significant role in their giving, grief and sadness can be coupled with some confusion or uncertainty about the state… Read More
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A Family’s Guide to Board Evaluations

Posted on June 15, 2006 by Sarah Trzepacz

A recent Council on Foundations’ survey—from the twelfth edition of Foundation Governing Boards and Administrative Expenses in Private Foundations—found that of the 144 family foundation trustees polled about activities related to their board service, only 21—14.6%—reported participating in board self-assessments in 2004. By comparison, 74.6% of those surveyed reported attending conferences or seminars to increase their capacity as board members,… Read More
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Six Simple Steps to a Successful, Stress-Free Family Meeting

Posted on May 15, 2006 by Sarah Trzepacz

Like so many other things preparation for a family meeting is vital to its success. With a little planning you can orchestrate and carry off a family meeting that accomplishes your philanthropic goals, strengthens your family’s commitment to effective governance of your giving vehicle, and is more enjoyable than you thought possible. By taking time to think through why, when,… Read More
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4 Tips for Building Bonds, Improving Communication, and Encouraging the Next Generation

Posted on April 15, 2006 by Sarah Trzepacz

As nice as it would be to believe that a family’s unique dynamic— composed of individual and collective histories, experiences, memories, and modes of communication—remains firmly outside the discussions in which philanthropic decisions are made, the truth is that these factors can influence a family’s giving. Because a family philanthropy is built on a family’s values, identity, passion, and energy,… Read More
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Maximizing charitable returns: Mission-related and socially responsible investing

Posted on March 15, 2006 by Sarah Trzepacz

In last month’s issue we explored several ways to expand your philanthropic agenda to include new giving vehicles and new ways of thinking about effective giving. Among the giving options we explored was the idea of program-related investing, wherein philanthropies use their financial resources to support ventures or projects whose mission complements their own. This month we’ll look more closely… Read More
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Increasing Impact with Innovation: Creative Giving Options for Families

Posted on February 15, 2006 by Sarah Trzepacz

Foundations do not need a lot of money to be effective. If, indeed, they were to exploit only a fraction of the strategies available to them, their individual and collective impact on American life would be vastly and beneficially expanded. -Paul Ylvisaker, “Small Can Be Effective” As families become more hands-on in their philanthropy and their personal stake in its… Read More
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Gathering Year Round: the Power of Collaborative Giving

Posted on December 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

The holiday season is a time of the year that brings families together: around dinner tables, lighted candles—for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa—Christmas trees, and fireplaces. It’s a time of year that inspires people to send out cards and well-wishes, exchange gifts with loved ones and strangers alike, and to reconnect with the spirit behind their philanthropic endeavors. Much of the holiday… Read More
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Disaster Giving: The Role of Families in Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding

Posted on November 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

Although many families establish their philanthropies with a specific mission in mind which governs their grantmaking focus and decisions, many can’t help but feel a strong desire to contribute when natural disasters and other tragedies hit both close to home and across the globe. Past natural disasters have not only rallied the support of America’s giving families, but have also… Read More
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Ethical Wills: Writing Your Chapter of the Family History

Posted on October 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

To be faithful to ourselves, we must keep our ancestors and posterity within reach and grasp of our thoughts and affections, living in the memory and retrospect of the past, and hoping with affection and care for those who are to come after. —Daniel Webster It’s widely acknowledged that the time to think about estate-planning or writing your will is… Read More
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Matching Your Family’s Passion with Giving Strategies

Posted on September 15, 2005 by Sarah Trzepacz

Even for families with a long history of charitable giving to church groups, civic organizations, educational institutions, and other non-profit organizations, deciding to embark on a formalized philanthropic agenda may seem like a formidable task. Perhaps your family already has a giving vehicle—a donor-advised fund or foundation—and is considering launching a second one, or even a third, to accommodate increasing… Read More