Family Forum: How are family funders using social media? (September 2011 FGN)


According to a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, half of all U.S. adults now use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.

A growing number of philanthropic families have found ways to take advantage of these increasingly powerful social networking tools to connect with members of their community, to inform their giving, and to facilitate conversations among junior board and next generation family members. How has your family foundation or fund used social media? Have you figured out any creative techniques for taking advantage of the growing variety of free tools available, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, Twitter, Google+, Foursquare, and more? And what questions do you have for other families using these tools?

Please take a few minutes to share your experiences and questions around the use of social media for family philanthropy. Selected answers will be used in a future FGN or Passages issue paper on this topic!

Take our 5-minute social media survey, or share your experiences in the comments below…

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