National Center for Family Philanthropy


Not in the Family

Posted on June 4, 1995 by Deborah A. Brody

While families can't choose their relatives, they do choose non-family trustees. It's quite common for family foundations to have at least one board member who is not a family member. … Read More

Who’s on the board? – What Constitutes Board Eligibility Among Changing Definitions of “Family”

Posted on August 4, 1993 by Deanne Stone

Like it or not, there is no longer a common definition of "family" for foundations to follow. In many family foundations, the issue of spouses' participation on the board never comes up. It is simply understood that anyone who marries into the family can be considered for board membership. But in other foundations, setting policy regarding spouses is a source of emotional turmoil that pits one family member against another." Explore the definition of "family" and examine board eligibility regarding spouses and live-in partners in this article. … Read More

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