Family Foundations

Family Foundations

Family foundations come in all shapes and sizes – from small, unstaffed organizations to the largest foundation in the world, based here in our region. In fact, the majority of Philanthropy Northwest membership is made up of family foundations. We are committed to helping families meet the unique opportunities and challenges they face through tailored events, webinars and resource sharing.

While each family foundation is unique in structure and interests, all share in common the practice of engaging family members to carry out their value on making a difference in the world. They share in common many questions and challenges from governance and administration issues to grantmaking approaches to involvement of the next generation. Philanthropy Northwest creates a forum for family foundation staff and trustees to network and learn together.

We invite you to explore this website for more events and resources to help strengthen your family values through meaningful giving. 

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Resources for Family Foundations

Key Facts on Family Foundations
Data about foundations and their giving, from Foundation Center, February, 2010.

National Center for Family Philanthropy Knowledge Center
Your Philanthropy Northwest membership gives you access to NCFP's extensive knowledge center that includes resources, tools, recorded teleconferences and more! To access the center, please login with your Philanthropy Northwest NCFP username and password.

Philanthropy Roadmap Guides
Published by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2013, it covers topics from ‘Talking with Your Family about Philanthropy” to “Finding our Focus” and “Giving as a Couple”.

Next Generation Engagement

Next Gen Donors
Blog and podcast learning modules for "next gen" donors

Information source for next generation donors, trustees, and emerging philanthropists

Next Gen Donors: Respecting Legacy, Revolutionizing Philanthropy
Research examines next generation of major donors, published in 2013.

Top Ten Take Aways for Generation Next Family Members 
From Family Giving News, January 2014

Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Gen Boards
Outlines creative options for involving children as young as 8 in family philanthropy. Includes case studies of 7 foundations using next gen boards and other approaches for engaging youth in philanthropy.