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Fostering a Learning Culture in Family Philanthropy

Family foundations can be isolated institutions.  Too often, trustees don’t have access nor use information that would help them to do their jobs better—information about the communities they serve, the issues they are working to support, the other key stakeholders who support these same issues, and the ways to effectively govern.

Family foundation trustees are also often challenged by issue like geographic dispersion, lack of time (and possibly engagement), and, of course, complex family dynamics. How do you get them smart about the work—and foster a shared learning experience that helps strengthen family engagement, tap the wisdom of those the foundation seeks to support, and foster more effective grantmaking on an ongoing basis?

In this session, we will discuss strategies for creating a learning culture in family philanthropy–learning from grantees and the communities we serve, and from our peers and fellow trustees.  The result is better informed, more relevant philanthropy, and a more engaging experience for trustees.


Melinda Fine, Ed.D., Director, Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, TCC Group (moderator)
Ashley Blanchard, Trustee, Hill-Snowdon Foundation and Principle, Blanchard Consulting

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