Begin a Family Tradition of Philanthropy
Family philanthropy is a hands-on experience that brings multiple generations together around the desire to have an impact on the community and the world. Next-generation family members will bring new perspectives and questions to your family’s approach to giving. JCF can help you talk about philanthropy as a family, guiding discussions about shared values and goals.
It can be challenging to engage children or grandchildren in grantmaking activities. They’re busy with school or work, establishing careers, and raising families. Each generation has a unique world view, and they may wish to be involved in very different ways. JCF has the tools and expertise to work with your family, managing family dynamics and conducting multi-generational meetings to help everyone express their feelings about giving and the causes they care about. These meetings can become meaningful conversations that explore a family’s legacy, values, and priorities.
Professionals at JCF are trained to work with family foundations, donor-advised fundholders, and other family enterprises during times of generational transition. We can help you strengthen relationships and communication across multiple generations as you work together. We are available for a range of consultations including workshops, retreats, and longer-term engagements.
There are many ways to involve multiple generations in philanthropy at JCF. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Collaborate on a family mission statement that articulates your shared values and the impact you want to have with your philanthropy.
- Consider establishing a donor-advised fund or supporting fund with JCF to centralize and streamline your giving.
- Contact JCF’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy. We can work with you and your family to make your philanthropy meaningful to you and maximize your impact.