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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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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: A Legacy Lives On: The Kaplan Family Foundation’s Successful Leadership Transition (December 2013 FGN)

By Dinaz Mansuri, Executive Director, Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation and Mollie Bunis, Director of Philanthropic Services, Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd. Editor’s note: As the National Center for Family Philanthropy continues its ongoing focus on the topic of transitions, this … Continue reading

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FEATURE: A Study in Spend Down: The Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation Creates an Enduring Legacy by Effecting Community Change (November 2013 FGN)

By Alice Buhl This month’s Family Giving News feature article is excerpted from the newly released Passages Issue Brief detailing the story of the Irwin Sweeney Miller Foundation, whose third generation board members made the strategic decision to spend down … Continue reading

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FEATURE: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: The Power of Field Scans (April 2013 FGN)

By Christine Sherry Editor’s note: this month’s edition of Family Giving News features an excerpt from a forthcoming Passages Issue Brief on the use of field scans to improve your family’s philanthropy. Interested in getting a copy of the full … Continue reading

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Discretionary Grants: Engaging Family… or Pandora’s Box? (December 2011 FGN)

By Susan Crites Price 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 now available … Continue reading

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Measuring What Counts: Meaningful Evaluation for Family Foundations (November 2011 FGN)

By Anne Mackinnon 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 now available for … Continue reading

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Family Involvement: The Spectrum of Options (October 2010 FGN)

Kelin Gersick’s book, Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations, outlines the patterns most often seen in family philanthropy. In the first generation the donor has the strongest involvement and control. In the second generation more family members become … Continue reading

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Profiles in Family Philanthropy: The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation (January 2009 FGN)

Lessons from One Family’s Transition from Founder to Nonfamily Director When Bill O’Neill Jr., president of the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation in Cleveland, decided to step aside from being “chief cook and bottle washer for 20 years,” … Continue reading

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Profile in Family Philanthropy: Tracy Family Foundation (October 2008 Family Giving News)

When the Tracy Family Foundation (TFF) set out to determine its strategic vision for the next five years, the Mount Sterling, Illinois family foundation included goals for Brown County, the surrounding region in western Illinois served by the foundation, and … Continue reading

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Five Questions for Effectiveness (September 2008 FGN)

A new survey by the National Center for Family Philanthropy has concluded that most family foundations are conscientious guardians of charitable legacies. They observe high ethical standards of grantmaking practices, including fiscal oversight and accountability. Are you among them? Today, … Continue reading

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Perpetuity is a Long Time (May 2008 FGN)

At this month’s Council on Foundations Philanthropy Summit, foundation representatives from around the world gathered to discuss of one of the hottest emerging issues in family philanthropy: the question of perpetuity. “For most of the history of private foundations, perpetuity … Continue reading

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President’s Message: Spring Cleaning – Time to Organize Your Policies and Practices (April 2008 FGN)

Spring must be here. Washington, D.C. is showing off cherry blossoms and red tulips and my travel schedule has gotten a lot busier. This month I have been invited to speak at a few family foundation retreats and my hosts … 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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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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