Community Foundation Spark Session: The Role of Community in Family Philanthropy Values, Mission, and Strategy

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Sullivan, Jennie Zioncheck, Katie Donnelly, Kim Wright

Community foundations are trusted, professional advisors to philanthropic families and a valuable source of local knowledge and insights. This webinar will focus on how community foundations work with family donors to clarify their values and motivations, shape their philanthropic strategy and identify their philanthropic objectives – in a way that supports the community and place-based efforts… Read More

Ten ways philanthropic families work with community foundations

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Audrey Jacobs, David O. Barrett, Elizabeth Sullivan, Lauren Amos, Mark Neithercut, Rob MacPherson

This special webinar as we count and describe the many ways that philanthropic families work with the more than 800 community foundations spread across North America. From partnering for impact to serving as a training ground for younger family members, community foundations and families have been partners since the very first community foundations were founded just over a century ago… Read More

Toeing the Line: Legal Pitfalls in Family Foundation Governance

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Andrew Schulz

Should we accept those tickets to the opening of the new local theater that just arrived in the mail? Can our family office charge our foundation for rent? Is it o.k. for us to pay Uncle Bob to manage the foundation’s investment portfolio? Can we make a grant to our family's donor advised fund to help make year-end payout requirements? … Read More

Why Give: Information for Next Gen Donors

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Giving Circles Fund

If every person in their 20s and 30s gave 1% of his or her income to philanthropy each year, it would translate into $16 billion in annual support for non-profit organizations. To put this in perspective, $16 billion is more money than 11 states spend each year, and equal to NASA’s 2012 budget… Read More

So You Want to Be a Family Philanthropist?

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Julia Kittross, Kathy Edwards, Sue Miller

Sometimes philanthropy is done purely for altruistic reasons, but often there are other motivations. Donors with an interest in engaging their family in shared philanthropy must review both the tax implications and administrative costs of the charitable vehicle(s) they consider, as well as the degree of control and influence they wish to retain for years, and perhaps generations, to come… Read More

Crafting Your Charitable Mission Statement: A Guide for Donors

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Melinda Tuan

When donors start along their philanthropic journeys, one question that often arises is whether it is important to craft a mission statement; and if so, how best to do so. As with any journey, knowing your destination – or in this case, articulating your goals for your philanthropy by crafting a mission statement – can be an invaluable first step… Read More