Common causes of conflict

Whatever differences your family may have, those differences need not get in the way of your philanthropic goals. Your challenge is to find ways to channel the bonds of family in the service of a shared vision and anticipate the conflicts that inevitably arise. This slide show provides an overview of the six most common types of conflict; be sure to check out the companion slideshow on six tips for managing family dynamics in family philanthropy.

Six common causes of conflict in family philanthropy (8 slides)

1) Defining conflict in family philanthropy

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines conflict as “a clash between hostile or opposing elements, ideas or forces.” In life, most disagreements are small and manageable; however, when you add family dynamics, money and philanthropy to the mix, conflict can seem overwhelming.

Conflicts within philanthropic families generally fall into one or more of the following six categories.

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