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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Are you prepared to operate your family’s philanthropy in a disaster?

Posted on November 15, 2009 by Susan Crites Price

Like a lot of smaller funders, the 20-year-old McCarthy Family Foundation operated out of Treasurer Tim McCarthy’s home office. He learned a lot of important lessons about disasters the hard way after his home was among the hundreds of properties destroyed in the October 2007 San Diego wildfires. The foundation had no disaster evacuation or recovery plan. And it is… Read More
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The Highland Street Foundation

Posted on October 11, 2009 by Susan Crites Price

Summer’s over, but for many Massachusetts families, the memories linger on. That’s because from July 3 to September 4, Boston’s Highland Street Foundation sponsored Free Fun Fridays at each of 10 museums and other attractions across the state. Thousands of children and families enjoyed a free experience that some might not otherwise be able to afford, and the 10 institutions… Read More

Pursuit of Excellence: A 2009 Report on Practices in Family Foundations

Posted on September 28, 2009 by Susan Crites Price, Alice Buhl

The research findings provide benchmarking information to help foundations assess their own practices with those of their peers. This work is part of the National Center’s Pursuit of Excellence initiative to provide family foundations with data and an assessment process to help them raise their own levels of performance. Pursuit of Excellence enables family foundations to see themselves in terms of common practice as well as in light of standards of excellence articulated by leaders in the field… Read More
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How to Close a Foundation: the Pottruck Family Experience

Posted on April 11, 2009 by Susan Crites Price

With a tough economy comes tough decisions. That was true for the Pottruck Family Foundation board, which dissolved the foundation effective Jan. 30, 2009. As their assets shrank in the declining markets of 2008, the family decided that by shifting their philanthropy to a donor-advised fund, they could still direct grants without spending money on overhead, including a staff and… Read More
Case Studies

The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation

Posted on January 17, 2009 by Susan Crites Price

Lessons from One Family’s Transition from Founder to Nonfamily Director When Bill O’Neill Jr., president of the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation in Cleveland, decided to step aside from being “chief cook and bottle washer for 20 years,” the family faced a common dilemma: how to shift the foundation’s leadership to a successor and who it would be… Read More

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