Tag Archives: creating a family philanthropy

MARCH 13th WEBINAR: So Far So Fast – A Family Foundation Finds its Focus (February 2014 FGN)

Thursday, March 13th, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) How does a family foundation with no defined mission, no staff, no structure and a family that was never brought into the fold pull itself together to fashion a high performing foundation … Continue reading

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Feature: Philanthropy’s Role in Developing Responsible Adults (October 2011 FGN)

Editor’s note: This month’s feature story is an excerpt from the new edition of our Passages issue paper series. A full copy of this issue paper, complete with specific tips, tools and interviews, is available here for members of our … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Starting a Family Foundation – Where Do We Turn for Guidance? (July 2011 FGN)

My parents are interested in starting a family foundation to help organize their giving, and to (eventually) provide an outlet for shared family giving with my generation and my children’s generation. Do you have suggestions for good resources we can … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: What is a Private Operating Foundation, and when should families consider this option? (April 2011 FGN)

Donors and families who establish private foundations often have a variety of issues they care about, and are looking for a vehicle that gives them the flexibility to make a wide variety of choices on where to invest their philanthropic … Continue reading

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The Ansara Family Fund: Partnering Beyond Borders for Long-Term Impact (April 2010 FGN)

When Karen and Jim Ansara contacted the Boston Foundation on January 14, 2010 to talk about how their family’s donor advised fund could best respond to the earthquakes in Haiti – which had happened less than 48 hours before – … Continue reading

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Profiles in Family Philanthropy: The Tow Foundation (September 2008 FGN)

When Leonard and Claire Tow created the Tow Foundation in 1988, it was like many other family foundations that base their grantmaking programs on the interests of the trustees. But by the late 1990s that had changed. Seeking funding gaps … Continue reading

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President’s Message: From Checkbook to Family Fund: Why Organize Your Giving? (July 2008 FGN)

A great enthusiasm is building for getting the most out of your charitable giving, for working with your family in this pursuit, and for focusing for greater impact… in Israel! This past month I was invited to speak at a … Continue reading

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President’s Message: Motivated Giving – From Serendipity to Certainty (June 2008 FGN)

Preparing to give a workshop or speech often includes exploring new themes or re-visiting some from past work. But background work for an upcoming trip to Israel means all of the above. Taking best advantage of all those airline miles … Continue reading

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Profiles in Family Philanthropy: The Tecovas Foundation (June 2008 FGN)

A family foundation writes a new chapter of the family legacy after the deaths of its generous founder and two family trustees. “I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, went to Kent State University, and majored in history and political science,” says … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Child Care and More (March 2008 FGN)

Q: Our foundation’s third generation is coming on the board and some have young children. Some family members say the lack of child care during board meetings hinders participation. Can the foundation pay for child care so that parents can … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Substantial Contributors (January 2008 FGN)

Q: It is my understanding that Form 990-PF requires reporting of the names and addresses of contributors which can be accessed by the public. I would prefer not having to report the names and addresses of contributors. What do I … Continue reading

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President’s Message: How We Give (October 2007 FGN)

There is a lot of justifiable attention paid these days to some of the BIG questions about philanthropy and the philanthropic process: Why give? How much to give? What to give to? What difference does it make? In my conversations … Continue reading

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A Year With the Giving Family (January 2007 FGN)

This year, the National Center for Family Philanthropy celebrates ten years of inspiring family giving. To mark the occasion, Family Giving News invites you to spend “A Year with the Giving Family.” What follows is a calendar of activities designed to … Continue reading

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Where We Go From Here: Crafting a Family Mission Statement (February 2007 FGN)

` Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ [asked Alice]. `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat. `I don’t much care where–’ said Alice. `Then it … Continue reading

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Profiles in Family Philanthropy: The Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund (January 2007 FGN)

Having just moved into their New York apartment, Barbara and Donald Jonas found themselves staring at a blank canvas. “About thirty years ago, we had moved into a lovely apartment with a lot of walls and we wanted to do … Continue reading

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