Ten ways philanthropic families work with community foundations
Family foundations, donor advised funds, community foundations, philanthropic advisors, and others interested in learning how families work with community foundations.
[NOTE: Due to technical difficulties during the webinar, there is a short period of silence from 16:23 to 16:53 in the replay. Our sincere apologies!]
This special webinar as we count and describe the many ways that philanthropic families work with the more than 800 community foundations spread across North America. From partnering for impact to serving as a training ground for younger family members, community foundations and families have been partners since the very first community foundations were founded just over a century ago. This webinar provides reminders, tips, and peer advice for families, donors, and community foundation staff along with the stories of how two donor families have made the most of their long-time relationship with their local community foundation.
Lauren A. Amos is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and passionate art collector. Lauren is the founder of Wish, a Little Five Points retail experience providing fashion offerings of street culture to high fashion for Atlanta’s clientele. Since 2003, Wish has emerged as “a sophisticated purveyor of the world’s most cutting-edge labels” and has been featured regularly in the national media.
Originally from Columbus, GA, Lauren has adopted Atlanta as her home and is passionate about helping Atlanta become a world class city, especially in the areas of Art and Culture. She is president of the Wish Foundation, fund advisor for the Wish Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and serves as a trustee of the Daniel P. Amos Foundation. Lauren supports several non-profit organizations dedicated to art, culture and serving the needs of women and children. She is particularly interested in helping emerging arts organizations and increasing recognition for Atlanta’s emerging art reputation. In 2011, Lauren honored her mother’s legacy by creating the Shannon Landing Head of Museum Interpretation at the High Museum of Art.
David Barrett is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the Gene B. Glick Company. Prior to joining Glick in 2007, David served as vice president-corporate counsel at Emmis Communications Corporation, a diversified media company based in Indianapolis. Before joining Emmis in 1999, he practiced law in Indianapolis at Ice Miller LLP, where he concentrated his practice in corporate law, business transactions, and media law. David represented a number of public and private companies, including radio and television broadcasters and various sports and entertainment clients. He also served as counsel to the Indiana Broadcasters Association from 1996 to 1999. David is active in the Indianapolis community and has served on a number of boards of charitable and civic groups. He serves as president, chief executive officer, and director of both the Glick Family Foundation and the Gene B. Glick Family Housing Foundation. He is also an advisor to the Glick Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Audrey Jacobs, JD, serves as Director of The Center for Family Philanthropy for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. She oversees all aspects of the Center and its role providing family-centered grantmaking, educational and estate planning services to donors and their families. This philanthropic advisory program focuses on developing deep, sustained relationships with donors by honoring family traditions in philanthropic giving. She most recently served as president of Strategic Resolution, Inc. providing consultation to various nonprofit and for-profit organizations. While with the organization Audrey focused on management consultation, fund development, Board development, program development, strategic planning, technological consultations and general research. Her clients included the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, The Morehouse School of Medicine and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Inc.
Rob MacPherson serves as Vice President for Development & Philanthropic at the Central Indiana Community Foundation, where he directs asset development strategies and donor services activities for CICF. In addition to working with prospective donors to promote the advantages of partnering with CICF to fulfill charitable wishes, Rob works closely with current donors to keep them engaged with our work in the community and informed on current charitable trends in Central Indiana. Prior to joining CICF, Rob was on staff at the Arts Council of Indianapolis as Director of Special Projects.
Rob serves or has served as a board member of the Lacy Leadership Association, Indiana Civil Liberties Union Foundation, VSA Arts of Indiana, Eastside Community Investments, and Dance Kaleidoscope. He is also one of the founders of and the executive producer for Spotlight, an annual citywide performing arts benefit for the Indiana AIDS Fund that has raised more than $3 million in 15 years.
Mark Neithercut has more than 25 years of experience working with foundations and individual donors to increase the impact and effectiveness of their philanthropy. As founder and principal of Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors, Mr. Neithercut leads a team of professionals that handles the philanthropic affairs for a select group of families and advises foundations — mostly family foundations — on how to engage in effective and rewarding philanthropy. Previously, he was vice president at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and program officer at the Kresge Foundation.
Elizabeth Sullivan brings deep knowledge on national trends, strategy, and best practices in private philanthropy and corporate giving. In March 2015, Liz joined the National Center for Family Philanthropy as Program Manager to launch the two-year Family Philanthropy Through Community Foundations initiative, designed to enhance the effectiveness of families working with community foundations as their giving partners. From 2006 to 2013, Liz worked at the Council on Foundations, a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Most recently, Liz was Managing Director of Corporate, Independent, and Family Philanthropy where she stewarded a portfolio of ~850 members and led a change management process to integrate and unify member products and programs aimed to strengthen organizations and leaders in philanthropy. During her tenure at the Council, Liz led signature projects including the Disaster Philanthropy Network; a Corporate Philanthropy Initiative that resulted in the seminal guide, Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy; and “Philanthropy Solutions: Promising Practice in Corporate Giving,” a set of peer-learning activities that facilitates knowledge sharing among corporate philanthropy leaders.
What participants said:
It gave us a roadmap for future exploration of this approach, along with some excellent examples of true partnerships at two institutions working with some active family philanthropists.
It gave a clear picture of the multiple ways that families can benefit from their relationship with a Community Foundation.
The presenters shared their experiences in being a part of a family philanthropy partnership and the different ways these partnerships can work. I appreciated hearing how each organization structured their relationship and have evolved over time.
Lots of great examples. A great combination of theoretical and practical information was shared.
Great overview of reasons why CFs are so great!
Terrific to hear best practices and success stories from other community foundations. We are small; but the discussion helped reassure us that we are on the right track.
As a community foundation considering building our family philanthropy program, we found this webinar very helpful. It offered insight from both the family and community foundation perspectives and practical resources for moving a program forward. Thank you!
The family webinar series is a great tool for learning from peers and also from high-impact donors. The facilitation of the webinar as well as the quality of the speakers makes it well worth my time to take an hour and a half out of my daily work schedule to listen, learn and interact. I look forward to more.