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All Hands on Deck: Next Gen Board Promotes New Leadership

Posted on July 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

A few summers ago, the board of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation issued a challenge to young family members. Gathered at a family-owned resort in San Diego for the family’s annual meeting, the fourth generation of Welk family members was told about a local shelter for homeless families. The shelter hosted a preschool and therapeutic learning center that needed a… Read More

Closing the Door: Spending Out Frees the Beldon Fund Board’s Imagination

Posted on October 21, 2005 by Deanne Stone

Many family foundations that make the decision to spend out their assets within a limited timeframe say that doing so keeps them focused on the mission, energized, and on their toes. Bill Roberts, former executive director of the Beldon Fund, speaks for many of the foundations interviewed for NCFP’s Passages Issue Brief on this topic, “Alternatives to Perpetuity: A Conversation… Read More

Philanthropy Across Generations — Profile of the Flora Family Foundation

Posted on June 8, 2002 by Synergos Institute

One of the most frustrating aspects of foundation work is the frequency with which worthy causes have to be turned away, often for no other reason than that they don’t fit the foundation’s specific mandate. In just four years, though, the children and grandchildren of the late William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company, and his late wife, Flora, have created… Read More

A Vision for Change: Balancing Family Involvement and Community Impact

Posted on November 5, 2001 by Jason Born

John Sherwin Jr., and his daughter Heather, family trustees of the Cleveland-based Sherwick Fund, know a little bit about effectively governing a supporting organization. The fund that was established in 1973 by John Sherwin Sr., Jack’s father, is the oldest such organization in the United States. John Sherwin Sr. established a private foundation in 1953 to give back to the… Read More

At the Crossroads: a Lost Opportunity

Posted on October 5, 2001

Developing a donor legacy statement can be a difficult and emotional process. This is particularly true when the donor knows that his wishes may conflict with those of his heirs. Stan Alexander, founder of the $75-million Alexander Foundation, inherited a large part of his wealth from his father, Joseph, a businessman and politician with a life-long interest in primary education… Read More

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