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

Reassessing the Foundation’s Mission and Guidelines

Posted on June 10, 1999 by Deanne Stone

Are the obstacles of geographic dispersion more easily addressed by having a broad or narrow focus? This chapter from ‘Grantmaking with a Compass: The Challenges of Geography’ looks at how and why geographically dispersed families may wish to reasess the mission and guidelines for their grantmaking… Read More

Managing a Family Philanthropy

Posted on February 20, 1999 by Claude O. Norcott, Joseph Foote

When Gilbert Mead’s father, a Wisconsin paper industrialist, died in 1988, leaving Gil, then 58, and his four grown children a substantial inheritance, he and his wife, Jaylee, did what they thought was right: they decided to set up a philanthropic foundation… Read More

Considering the question of perpetuity

Posted on February 20, 1999 by Vince Stehle

Although there is some debate within philanthropy about the question of perpetuity, in the end no single correct approach is right for all donors. The decision to create a foundation for the ages or for the moment is a highly individual choice. It should be guided by the philanthropic goals laid out by donors and their families… Read More

Connecting with the Larger World of Philanthropy

Posted on February 20, 1999 by Claude O. Norcott, Joseph Foote

Some donors are just not joiners. The director of one medium-sized California family foundation, established by a high-tech entrepreneur, describes how the donor “never attends meetings, never participates in anything else smacking of organized philanthropy. He is, however, a voracious reader on the subject and is probably as well-informed as anybody you will ever meet in the field of philanthropy.”… Read More