Balancing Family Privacy and Public Trust: Transparency in Family Philanthropy
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
While transparency is an important value in principle, what do you do when your foundation’s privacy is also your family’s privacy? How do we balance the need for public accountability with a family’s right to privacy? What do the tough but important questions regarding transparency and accountability mean for family philanthropy and how can foundations think strategically about these questions? This webinar will feature a discussion with leaders from the Russell Family Foundation, who have developed an internal tool for considering all levels of transparency in family philanthropy – between the foundation and the public, between board and staff, and between generations.
Chris Rurik is a Board Member of The Russell Family Foundation and chair of the grants committee. He is a freelance writer, naturalist, and historian. He serves on the board of Denver Field Ornithologists and is a cofounder of the Rocky Mountain Land Library's online journal Garo. He has interests in mythology and deep ecology and often goes cycling and birding. Chris has been involved with TRFF in a variety of ways including an internship with the environmental team, documentation of the One Nation Foundation and Puyallup Watershed Initiative, and representation of TRFF at various conferences. He has spoken and written about next gen involvement in philanthropy.
Richard Russell currently serves as Board President of The Russell Family Foundation. He is the eldest son of George and Jane Russell. Richard is a Seattle-based communications facilitator, media producer, fine artist and musician. He is a Stanford University graduate, with additional training by the Grove Consultants International (pioneers in the use of graphic language in business situations).
Richard Woo is the Chief Executive Officer of The Russell Family Foundation. He guides the Foundation's strategic planning, programs and community affairs. Prior to arriving at the foundation, he spent many years working in nonprofit organizations and business in California. He is the former executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, and has served on the boards of the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Northwest, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
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Creating Effective Next Gen Boards was by far the best webinar I have experienced. The material was well put together, well presented, easy to follow, and very engrossing! The youth on the webinar were very articulate and experienced and provided a unique insight into the benefits and pitfalls in involving 8 year-olds and up in family philanthropy, i.e. the younger we start, the better and easier it is for everyone! Thanks for this webinar!
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