Sharna Goldseker is a speaker, writer, and consultant who engages multiple generations in the intersection of values and strategy to transform the ways in which they give. She is today’s leading expert on multigenerational and next generation philanthropy and—as a next gen donor herself—offers a trusted insider’s perspective. As executive director of 21/64, the nonprofit practice she founded to serve philanthropic and family enterprises, she offers retreats for next gen donors, trainings for professionals on multigenerational advising and next gen engagement, and has created the industry’s gold-standard tools helping families to define their values, collaborate, and govern. Sharna is a recipient of the J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award for extraordinary leadership and the RayLign Foundation Family Well-Being Award. She won the 2017 Family Wealth Report’s Award for Philanthropy Advice, was named one of 2016’s Women of Influence by New York Business Journal, and one of 2014’s Women to Watch by Jewish Women International. Sharna is coauthor of Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving (Wiley, Oct 2) andhas written for Forbes, Philanthropy Impact, and other publications, and with her coauthor, Michael Moody, has been featured in the New York Times, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Huffington Post. She is married, with two children, and lives in New York City. 

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What the Next Gen Really Wants

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Michael Moody, Sharna Goldseker

Ask any philanthropic family about their biggest challenge or concern, and one of the answers you’re most likely to hear is “how can I better engage the next generation?” In fact, NCFP’s 2015 Trends Study pointed to the changing leadership of family foundations – specifically to the engagement of younger generations on foundation boards – as a major factor that will shape the future of family philanthropy… Read More
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Who Are the Next Generation of Major Donors?

Posted on February 15, 2013 by Michael Moody, Sharna Goldseker

Editor’s Note: This month’s issue of Family Giving News features an overview of the results of the exciting new study conducted by our colleagues at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and 21/64. To download the full report, please go to www.nextgendonors.org. Please note that the Next Gen Study is copyrighted, and that any reprint or use of the material from the… Read More

Talking About Money

Posted on November 12, 2009 by Karen Putnam, Sharna Goldseker

Talking about money across generations can be uncomfortable. In this teleconference, we’ll use a case study of a multi-generation family’s conversation about their wealth and philanthropy to help listeners unpack multiple layers of assumptions and perspectives from each family member’s point of view. From this call you’ll get a framework for how to have these conversations better in your own family… Read More
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What Will Really Engage the Next Generation?

Posted on August 15, 2009 by Sharna Goldseker

Sharna Goldseker, one of the country’s leading experts on next generation philanthropy, is vice president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies in New York and directs 21/64, a division of the foundation specializing in next generation and multi-generational strategic philanthropy. Fellow foundation advisor Kathy Klaus Wiseman and I were having coffee the other day, and she asked my views… Read More

Sharing Values Effectively Across Generations

Posted on August 10, 2006 by Sharna Goldseker

Sometimes it can be tough to communicate values across generations even if the only thing that changes is the vocabulary. Although at heart we know that members of our family share values, defining and verbalizing a shared philosophy can take a special effort… Read More

Beyond Duty and Obligation

Posted on January 24, 2006 by Sharna Goldseker

The very act of involving next generation family members changes the character of the foundation itself...even their values and priorities cause a paradigm shift in the way the foundation operates… Read More

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