Family Governance Meets Family Dynamics: Strategies for Successful Joint Philanthropy

Posted on October 28, 2007 by Fredda Herz Brown, Patricia Angus

This Passages issue paper explores the interplay of family dynamics and family governance in family philanthropies, concluding families who think about their governance systems, including how decisions will be made, are less likely to be encumbered by family dynamics than families who begin their philanthropies informally, progressing to formality over time. In addition, families who openly address their underlying internal… Read More

Staffing Your Family Foundation

Posted on October 28, 2002 by Deborah Brody Hamilton

When family members find a true fit between the foundation’s mission and their career goals and skills, having a family member as a family foundation staff can be ideal. This sidebar provides suggestions and advice for ways to ensure that this is a mutually beneficial arrangement for the individual and for the foundation… Read More

Board Compensation: Reasonable and Necessary?

Posted on April 5, 2001 by Jason Born

Deciding whether to compensate or reimburse family foundation board members can be a difficult and complex decision. This Passages Issue Brief provides guidance on the legal regulations regarding compensation, suggestions for how to initiate a conversation among your board members about whether or not compensation is appropriate, and suggestions for how to develop a written policy based on this conversation… Read More

Remaining Flexible and the Role of Staff: the Population, Development, and Environment Collaboration

Posted on February 17, 2001 by Kim Robinson

As concerns about environmental degradation moved onto the radar screen of the general public through the 1970s and 80s, most environmental activists were focused on wilderness protection. However, by the late 1980s, there was a growing understanding of the intertwined relationship of unchecked population growth, resource consumption, and the environment… Read More

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