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Diverse and Dispersed: Managing a Far-Flung Family

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Berit Ashla, Lisa Parker, Kelly Nowlin

In our increasingly mobile society, family philanthropies once defined by their proximity now encounter a new obstacle: geography. How does geography affect a philanthropy’s mission? How do you keep the family and the philanthropy together? And how do families take advantage of diverse perspectives on key issues within the family?… Read More

A Steadying Hand: The Critical Role of Non-family Board Members

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Susan Packard Orr

This special Passages Issue Brief written by NCFP Distinguished Fellow Susan Packard Orr describes the various skills, expertise, and perspectives that non-family board members can provide, as well as some of the common challenges for families seeking to add their first non-family board members, and tips for how to set clear expectations for this role… Read More

Family Foundations Consultants Guide

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Mary Phillips

Adapting existing research on the organizational life-cycle framework and working from a sample of foundations provided by the National Center for Family Philanthropy, GMA Foundations teamed with Brandeis University’s Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy to conduct a pilot study to understand how planning ahead at each stage could help the foundations anticipate and prepare for likely milestones. The… Read More

For Youth by Youth: Meeting with Your Peers- Tips for Collaboration

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Anna Bebermeyer, Sarina Dayal, Veeral Suthar

Sometimes it can be challenging to work with other groups, for example, with other committees or with adults. Learn skills to help facilitate meetings for effectiveness and make decisions as a team. After this session, you'll be better at facilitating meetings, using collaborative decision-making tools, and leading others. Collaboration can be fun and rewarding! … Read More

For Youth by Youth: the Art Versus Science of Grantmaking

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Ashley Rodriguez, Christine Reeves Strigaro, Danielle LaJoie, Jared Heddinger, Jillian Wu

Sculpture, music, dance… those are arts. Chemistry, biology, physics… those are sciences. But, what’s philanthropy? And who are you, the philanthropist? Well, you’re both an artist and a scientist. Plus, you’re a part the long history of giving; people have been giving for centuries, in every country, at every income level, and in so many directions. … Read More

For Youth by Youth: Family Foundations from a Youth Perspective

Posted on March 30, 2015 by Isabel Griffith, Justin McAuliffe, Kylie Semel, Mike Tracy

Giving with your family can be fun! Be inspired by the stories of a how a number of young people are involved in their family's philanthropy. Learn with your peers about how philanthropy can help you gain skills, get to know your family better, enhance your community, and benefit causes you care about to make the world a better place. … Read More

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