Top trends in family philanthropy

What are the most important trends in family philanthropy? Where is the field headed, where has it been, and what will the new generation of family philanthropy leaders be concerned about when making decisions related to the management, governance, and grantmaking priorities of their organizations? Check out our slide show on Top Trends in Family Philanthropy, and then view the additional related resources for additional information.

Twelve top trends in family philanthropy

Trend #1: Family philanthropy is on the rise

The number of families participating in organized philanthropy in the U.S. continues to rise rapidly. Established family philanthropists have shown the determination to see their philanthropic agendas through economic rough patches, while diversified giving options, like donor-advised funds, are opening the door for the newly philanthropic:

  • Active grantmaking foundations in the U.S. have more than tripled over the past 20 years.
  • There are now over 100,000 foundations in existence.
  • Donor-advised funds show similar expansion rates—as of 2012, there are more than 200,000 donor-advised funds in existence.
  • Family foundations and other philanthropic ventures currently control over $400 billion in assets.
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