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Topic: “Family Philanthropy”

Advocating For State-Level Systems Changes: Policy Work By a Small Foundation

Leanly staffed family foundations can punch well above their weight, working with other funders and grantees to change systems. Over the past seven years, the Thornburg Foundation has experienced this firsthand. Given the depth of the challenges facing the state of New Mexico, systemic change is particularly important to our board chair and founder, Garrett... Read More

Understanding Brains: Funding Basic Medical Research

My brother, Laurence Braude, was diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinsonism, colon cancer and heart disease, all at the same time. He retired from his ophthalmology practice and set up a foundation to fund basic medical research on brains and neurological disorders. As an associate professor, Laurence was extremely interested in furthering science through basic research. When... Read More

Our Family Foundation’s Approach To Trust-Based Philanthropy

“The greatest gift you can give another person is trust,” said one of our grantees. When I started thinking about how to share our experiences with trust-based philanthropy, my first thought was to hear our grantees’ perspectives. This defines our philanthropic philosophy: working collectively to inspire possibility, innovation and sustainable outcomes. Engaging in trust-based philanthropy... Read More

Working With the State and Other Funders to Address COVID-19 Racial Health Equity in Louisiana

In March, Louisiana had the fastest growth rate of coronavirus cases in the world. To help the state until federal dollars were ready, the Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation each donated $400,000 to start a $1.2 million COVID-19 Response Fund—a request from Governor... Read More

Let’s Be Candid About Board Succession Planning

The Wilson Foundation was started in 1963 by Joe Wilson, founder of Xerox Corporation, and his wife, Peggy. When the foundation began its most recent strategic planning process, the board represented three generations with 24 members spread across the country. We embarked on strategic planning to revisit our giving priorities, but we quickly realized our... Read More

Social Impact Culture: Three Strategies to Help Your Family Foundation Connect With the Next Generation

How does today’s social impact culture affect the way you engage your children and grandchildren in your family’s philanthropy? That’s a question many trustees of America’s 42,000 family foundations are asking themselves as they look more closely at strategies to fulfill community passions, conduct responsible grantmaking, and inspire a philanthropic legacy for the next generation.... Read More