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Module 1: Unit 5

Culture and traditions

Every family has its own unique culture and traditions, especially as they relate to giving. Creating the space for youth to discover the importance of valuing cultures and traditions will aid in the successful integration of the next generation to your family’s philanthropic work.

While you want to encourage new and vibrant ideas from the next generation, you will also want to ensure that they are aware of the family culture and traditions that currently exist within your giving program.

Read (5 minutes)
Notes on an effective family culture: The Roy A. Hunt Foundation This practical set of tips from the board of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation is for any family seeking to create a culture that respects differences of opinion and diverse political views.
Read (5 minutes)
Statement of board culture (Surdna Foundation) This statement from the Surdna Foundation describes the Board's goals for the culture of its staff and board intentions.
Read (10 minutes)
The effects of family culture on family foundations This article describes how identifiable cultures in families are in a constant state of transition as each member moves through the cycles of life and the family itself moves from one stage of development to the next.
Read (45 minutes)
Charity really does begin at home: Nurturing a family tradition of giving This chapter from "The Giving Family" offers tips on raising philanthropic children, including how to model one's charitable values, begin discussions about charity, and use family rituals to pass on a giving tradition.
Read (5 minutes)
10 intentional acts of kindness every kid must master Here are 10 acts of kindness you can be more intentional about performing so the children around you will be more intentional about performing them too.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Finding common ground, valuing different views This candid, behind the scenes look at two family foundations with diverging values, explores strategies and techniques for promoting discourse.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Seeding family tradition This NCFP webinar discusses important tools for transmitting personal values and beliefs to the next generation.
Do (90+ minutes)


Create a family mission statement

Completing the activity: Read this article from The Atlantic on the value and purpose of a written family mission statement and then use, for example, the simple approach developed by Families with Purpose for creating your own family mission statement. While this statement may differ from your larger family's collective statement, the process of talking this through will help you better understand and appreciate your own values and traditions.