National Center for Family Philanthropy

Contributions

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest and Self-Dealing

Posted on October 22, 1999 by Benjamin T. White

Trustees must ensure that their family fund or foundation adheres to federal law on conflicts of interest and self-dealing. These rules, discussed in detail in this chapter, prohibit the trustees themselves, certain family members, managers, and other ‘disqualified persons’ from benefiting from the philanthropic activities. … Read More

Philanthropy in a Favorable Climate

Posted on July 29, 1999 by Paul Ylvisaker

My concern is whether philanthropy may be straying too far from its humanists and altruistic origins. The trend toward more professionalized philanthropy has in most respects been a goof thing, but not when it stiffens into bureaucracy and loses the spontaneity and compassion of the one-to-one… Read More

Family Foundations: High Risk, High Reward

Posted on July 29, 1999 by Paul Ylvisaker

Foundations are a remarkable human invention. They provide private persons a free-wheeling opportunity to be socially and publicly influential. Without having to meet the tests either of the market or the ballot box, private persons can independently determine what the needs of society are and how best to go about meeting them… Read More

Small Can Be Effective

Posted on July 29, 1999 by Paul Ylvisaker

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. … Read More

Paul Ylvisaker: Ethics and Philanthropy

Posted on July 26, 1999 by Paul Ylvisaker

This chapter is excerpted from “Philanthropy: The High Estate,” part IV of Conscience & Community: The Legacy of Paul Ylvisaker, which was edited by NCFP Founder and President Virginia Esposito and published by Peter Lang Publishing in 1999. Questions addressed in this chapter include: Is there an ethical requirement to give, and if so, how mucb, and in what form?… Read More

Social Justice and the Role of Philanthropy

Posted on July 6, 1999 by Paul Ylvisaker

Philanthropy [must] move out of fixed and safe positions into more independent, flexible, and far more exposed stances between the contradictory forces that are generating tension, and without the resolving action of some agent such as philanthropy, will otherwise tear nations and neighborhoods apart… Read More

Get Involved

Search Knowledge Center for Resources!

We’re here to help you on your philanthropic journey. Contact NCFP for support!

Get Assistance

Keep up with trends in family philanthropy. Subscribe to our newsletter!

Signup

Family philanthropy improves the quality of life for all. Join our family!

Join Now