Working Together for Common Purpose: Family Philanthropy Through the Family Office

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Anne Etheridge

As the field of family philanthropy evolves, the options available to families for managing and making the most of their giving continue to keep pace. One option that a growing number of philanthropic families are considering is the creation of a single family office, a private entity that manages the investments and trusts for a single wealthy family—or multiple branches… Read More

Family Philanthropy Through the Family Office (Full Report)

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Anne Etheridge

This special Passages report is based on results of the first national study to explore the relationship between family offices and family philanthropy, identifying common themes for both success and failure. As a benchmark report for the field, the study draws on personal interviews and results from a survey of family offices to highlight emerging best practices by which family foundations and family offices can effectively work together to maximize the positive returns for the community and the family… Read More

Shaping a Legacy Plan and Working with Your Advisors to Achieve It

Posted on May 15, 2008 by Tracy Gary

Families who think thoughtfully about what they want to achieve with their wealth - either through their foundation, their personal giving or both - and who communicate that clearly to their advisors, will have more success in seeing their legacy fulfilled. Unless you develop a plan and share your vision, your financial advisors may advise you to follow a conservative giving plan that doesn't take into account your capacity to give or desire to go beyond just preserving wealth… Read More

Philanthropy in Extraordinary Times: How Much Do We Give?

Posted on July 12, 2007 by Anne Ellinger, Christopher Ellinger

Anne and Christopher Ellinger present a framework for thinking about the issues of how much to give – whether through your family foundation, your donor advised fund, and/or as an individual donor or donor family. In their decades of involvement in donor networks, the Ellingers have been struck by how rarely even very committed people give at their full potential… Read More