Susan Price serves as consultant for the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Her responsibilities include writing a series of guides for Family Foundation CEOs, as well as other writing assignments. Susan  served as Vice President of the National Center from June 2007 until June 2011. She previously served as managing director of the Family Foundation Services Department at the Council on Foundations. Before that, she had an 18-year career as a freelance writer for businesses, associations and the mass media. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Working Mother, Family Life, The Washington Post and Washingtonian, and on several Internet sites.

She is the author of Generous Genes: Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age, and is a frequent speaker to groups around the country on the subject of instilling philanthropic values in children. Susan has been interviewed about parenting issues on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Today,” numerous other television and radio broadcasts, and many newspapers and magazines. She has been featured in articles about philanthropy in such publications as Working Mother magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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The First Year: Tips and tools for the new family foundation CEO

Posted on August 15, 2012 by Susan Crites Price

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from The First Year: The Complete Guide for New Family Foundation CEOs and their Boards of Directors. It is sometimes said that serving in the role of family foundation chief executive is an art, not a science. Family foundation CEOs have many roles to play and many constituencies to serve. But what distinguishes this… Read More
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Getting Started with CEO Performance Review: Now’s the Time

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Susan Crites Price

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from NCFP’s CEO Guide, Performance Review: The Complete Guide to Evaluating the Family Foundation CEO. In a 2010 interview study of 60 family foundation chief executives by National Center for Family Philanthropy President Virginia Esposito, most told her they do not receive a formal performance review by their board. But when NCFP interviewed board… Read More
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Help Wanted: What’s So Special About the Family Foundation CEO?

Posted on February 15, 2012 by Susan Crites Price

Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from Help Wanted: The Complete Guide to Hiring a Family Foundation CEO. At some point in the life of most good-sized family foundations, the board will need to hire a chief executive officer. (For simplicity, CEO is used here to refer to the top paid staff person who may be called executive director, president, or… Read More
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Discretionary Grants: Engaging Family… Or Pandora’s Box?

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Susan Crites Price

Editor’s note: This month’s feature story is an excerpt from the new edition of our Passages issue brief series: Discretionary Grants: Engaging Family… Or Pandora’s Box? If you asked at a gathering of family foundation folks whether using discretionary grants is a good idea, you’d never reach consensus. Many family foundations don’t use them. Those that do have widely varied… Read More

Discretionary Grants: Engaging Family… or Pandora’s Box?

Posted on December 8, 2011 by Susan Crites Price

If you asked at a gathering of family foundation folks whether using discretionary grants is a good idea, you’d never reach consensus. Many family foundations don’t use them. Those that do have widely varied policies governing how much money is available, who is eligible to make the grants, and whether the grants must be within the foundation’s mission and guidelines… Read More
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What’s the Role of the Family Foundation CEO?

Posted on April 15, 2011 by Susan Crites Price

“I feel like I’ve just finished the greatest book I’ve ever read, and I’m sad.” This was the observation of one of 70 attendees at the first ever national symposium on the leadership role of family foundation CEOs, sponsored by the National Center for Family Philanthropy on March 23-24 in Washington, DC. Other participants praised the symposium as being valuable… Read More
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Fast Friends… Linking Youth from Foundation Junior Boards

Posted on November 15, 2010 by Susan Crites Price

Eleven-year-old Kylie of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation is a veteran grantmaker, having served on the junior board of her family’s foundation since age 8. But unlike the adults on her family’s foundation board, who can meet peers at grantmaker meetings and conferences, Kylie had no kids to compare notes with on grantmaking except those in her own family… Read More
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A Job Like No Other: Family Foundation Chief Executive

Posted on July 15, 2010 by Susan Crites Price

The late Gary Tobin dubbed family foundation chief executives Mad Hatters. It was a reference to the many hats these professionals have to wear: administrator, mediator, visionary, ambassador to the community, confidant and, occasionally, family therapist, just to name a few. Tobin believed there were four core components to the work: intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral. It’s a big responsibility… Read More

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