Tag Archives: family dynamics

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Four Critical Elements for Generational Succession (February 2014 FGN)

Dear FGN Readers: The National Center for Family Philanthropy fields hundreds of questions about family giving over the phone, through email, and in person every year.  Thousands more use the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center to search for answers on … Continue reading

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VOICES FROM THE FIELD: Breaking Up and Moving On: A Staff Member’s Perspective on the Dissolution of a Family Foundation (February 2014 FGN)

We knew the outcome before the votes were cast. The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation – the proud embodiment of a fortunate family’s abiding compassion – would be split apart. It was October 2010. As a relatively new staff … Continue reading

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FEATURE: Finding Common Ground, Valuing Different Views (April 2012 FGN)

By Jason C. Born Coming to consensus. Agreeing to disagree. Finding a win-win solution. Whatever you call it, the art of negotiating and making decisions can be particularly tricky for families with a shared philanthropic mission but different – sometimes … Continue reading

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NCFP’s First-Ever Family Member CEO Retreat… An Invitation from Meadows Foundation CEO Linda Evans (October 2011 FGN)

Create connections… Share challenges… Identify solutions Dear Family CEO Colleague: I am delighted to personally invite you to the first-ever retreat for family member CEOs of family foundations. This will be an in-depth initiation to a series of ongoing conversations … Continue reading

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First-Ever Retreat for Family Member CEOs…still a few spots left! (September 2011 FGN)

Create connections… Share challenges… Identify solutions Connect with colleagues who are also both family members and family foundation CEOs Share challenges, learn from others, and identify new techniques for the special issues that arise in this role in a safe … Continue reading

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Announcing the First-Ever Retreat for Family Member CEOs (August 2011 FGN)

Create connections… Share challenges… Identify solutions Connect with colleagues who are also both family members and family foundation CEOs Share challenges, learn from others, and identify new techniques for the special issues that arise in this role in a safe … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Who’s Family (December 2010 FGN)

As our philanthropic family grows more diverse and distinct – as well as more geographically distant from the roots of the founders – how do we decide who should participate in the family’s philanthropy and how they will participate? In this month’s … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Family Members as Staff (November 2010 FGN)

What is the best way to formalize the process of hiring and setting salary for a family member? LIZ WALTERS: Off the top of my head, I can think of four things that we did. The first thing was to create … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Tips and tools for effective family board meetings (October 2010 FGN)

This month’s Ask the Center features tips and tools for effective family board meetings from Marla Bobowick, former Vice President at BoardSource and founder of Bobowick Consulting, and Karie Brown, principal of KB Consulting and Board member of the Hidden … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Emeritus Board Members: Curse or Blessing? (August 2010 FGN)

This month’s question revolves around how to encourage the passing of the torch while providing meaningful ways for aging family members to continue participation.   By Alice Buhl Mom and Dad are aging but we want to keep them involved.  … Continue reading

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Profiles in Family Philanthropy: The Geraldine and Howard Polinger Family Foundation (August 2009 FGN)

One Foundation’s Plan for Embracing the Next Generation Lorre Polinger and her siblings are facing a common challenge in family foundations or funds: how to engage their combined nine children in the family’s philanthropy. Founded in 1968 by their parents, … Continue reading

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Ask the Center: Family Board Meetings (June 2009 FGN)

Q: Our board meetings have become very frustrating. We have differences because of family history as well as a couple of dominant personalities. The result is lengthy, unproductive meetings that sometimes become personal. How can we turn this situation around … Continue reading

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Passing the Baton: Generations Sharing Leadership (July 2008 FGN)

The following is excerpted from the just published Passing the Baton? Generations Sharing Leadership by Alice Buhl, Senior Fellow, National Center for Family Philanthropy. Passing the Baton? is the latest entry in the National Center’s Passages white paper series, now available … 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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Strategic Giving: A Balancing Act (April 2008 FGN)

Giving families walk a fine line balancing social impact and family unity. With scarce resources and great needs, many families want every grant to have the most impact possible. At the same time, they are collectively engaged in a family … Continue reading

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