Every family is different and every family has unique dynamics that come into play; this can be especially true in relation to the family's shared philanthropy.
This unit discusses family dynamics in the context of family philanthropy and the challenges that can be faced in working with your own family. It also provides examples of families that have overcome these challenges as well as some activities to use famiy dynamics to your advantage.
Two truths and a lie
Completing the Activity: All family members should arrange themselves in a circle.
Each member think of three statements about themselves. Two must be true statements, and one must be false. For each person, he or she shares the three statements (in any order) to the group. The goal of the activity is to determine which statement is false. The group votes on which one they feel is a lie, and at the end of each round, the person reveals which one was the lie.
Have each family member play the game and at the end have a discussion on what you learned about each other, what suprised, you and what didn't suprise you.
Completing the Activity: Each family member should write a dream or something they hope to accomplish through their family's philanthropy on a piece of paper. They also should write three things they need to focus on in order to reach this goal.
Anonymous papers will be collected by a family member, mixed up, and redistributed. Each person will then take turns reading papers and matching it with it's owner.
After this activity debrief the experience and discuss what you learned about your family.