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Alice Buhl

Alice Buhl is Senior Fellow to the National Center for Family Philanthropy and its Board of Directors. She was a founding board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and led the development of the “Pursuit of Excellence” assessment process. She also is a frequent contributor to National Center publications.

Alice is a Senior Consultant for Lansberg, Gersick & Associates and has
extensive experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. Born and raised outside Chicago, she earned her MBA from Washington University (St. Louis). Alice has served as executive director of the Conference on Education and of the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy in St. Louis, and senior vice president of the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC. Since 1990, Alice has been a consultant in philanthropy to many American and Canadian family foundations and prominent private foundations, specializing in assisting families as they manage critical challenges affecting their grantmaking. Alice and her husband live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

NCFP Passages Issue Briefs by Alice

The Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation: A Study in Spend Down

A Letter to Seniors (and will be seniors): Planning for Your Future in Philanthropy

Current Practices in Family Foundations: A study in support of the pursuit of excellence process

Passing the Baton: Generations Sharing Leadership

NCFP Blog Posts by Alice

The Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation Creates an Enduring Legacy by Effecting Community Change

Positioning your board for proactive, positive, transitions from senior leadership to the next generation

A Letter to Seniors (and will be seniors): Planning for your future in philanthropy

CEO transitions in family foundations

Family involvement: The spectrum of options

Family philanthropy or family foundation philanthropy?

Governance as leadership in tough times

Notes from a senior fellow: Mothers and legacy

Passing the baton: Generations sharing leadership

NCFP Webinars Featuring Alice

Becoming a Successful Board Chair: Tips and Advice from Your Peers (February 2017)

Trends in family philanthropy: Identity, leadership, and the future of family philanthropy (December 2015)

The critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy (April 2015)

The power of urgency: Advantages and options for spending down and limited life foundations (November 2013)

Current practices in family foundations: New benchmarking research (January 2010)

Passing the baton: Generations sharing leadership (July 2008)

Family business, family philanthropy: Strategies for success (January 2007)

Board compensation: Reasonable and necessary? (May 2005)