Next Generation Leadership: Exploring Transition at the Andrus Family Fund

Posted on August 4, 2009 by Deanne Stone

How to involve a family that size was daunting enough, but the trustees faced another hurdle. Historically, the seats on the family boards had been filled by a handful of family members from a few family branches. The fourth-generation wanted to have a more democratic selection process, but could they suddenly and convincingly open the doors to the family’s philanthropies after decades of exclusion?… Read More

All Hands on Deck: Next Gen Board Promotes New Leadership

Posted on July 15, 2008 by Kevin Laskowski

A few summers ago, the board of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation issued a challenge to young family members. Gathered at a family-owned resort in San Diego for the family’s annual meeting, the fourth generation of Welk family members was told about a local shelter for homeless families. The shelter hosted a preschool and therapeutic learning center that needed a… Read More

Raising Charitable Children

Posted on July 13, 2005 by Kathryn Agard

Kathryn Agard, long-time executive director of Learning to Give, shares some of the steps that parents can take to help their children become philanthropic and provided examples of what parents can do for their preteens (10-12) and teenagers (13-18) to involve them in family philanthropy… Read More

Estate Planning as a Family: a Collaborative Approach

Posted on April 4, 2005 by David Gage, Ph. D.

The time has come to cast estate planning in a fresh light. For too long,parents and their advisors have conducted estate planning behind closed doors. Each year, billions of dollars of family assets pass from benefactors to inheritors but the process continues to be one of the most sensitive—and secretive—activities within families… Read More

Growing to Give: Instilling Philanthropic Values in Teens and Preteens

Posted on June 28, 2004 by Darlene Siska

The teenage years can be the most tumultuous ones—particularly for parents! Parents may want their children to become charitable for any number of reasons: to prepare them to take formal leadership one day of the family’s foundation or other giving vehicle; to participate in philanthropy as a family activity; or to develop charitable natures as an antidote to the possibility… Read More

Suggestions for Families

Posted on October 28, 2002 by Alison D. Goldberg

What are the best ways to involve your young adult children in philanthropy, either as individuals or with the rest of the family? This short checklist, developed by a young adult foundation trustee, provides suggestions and considerations for families looking for ways to effectively engage these future leaders… Read More

Talking with Mr. Rogers About Children and Giving

Posted on May 27, 2001 by Susan Carey Dempsey

Fred Rogers, known to millions of young children and parents who have visited “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on Public Television over the past three decades, has taken on a new subject. Rogers, a Presbyterian minister who has reached out through television and other media to help children — and parents — deal with sensitive subjects like prejudice, death, divorce and disability,… Read More

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