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Training the Youngest Philanthropists
Council on Foundations Family Foundation

February, 2010

At the recent Council on Foundations Family Foundation Conference in San Diego, a new book by a father and teenage daughter sold out in minutes. In The Power of Half (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books 2010), Kevin and Hannah Salwen share the engrossing story of their family's decision to sell their spacious Atlanta home, move to one half the size, and use the proceeds to make grants supporting hunger projects in Africa.

Judging by the conference attendees' interest in this family's story, as well as those of other presenters and sessions addressing next generation issues, it's clear that involving young people remains a top priority for family philanthropists. This is a two-pronged issue. First is how to raise children who are personally philanthropic, who are motivated to give of their time, talent and treasure. Second is how to encourage and prepare the next generation to become involved in the grantmaking of the family's foundation or fund. Focusing on the latter without the former just teaches kids that philanthropy is about giving away other people's money... read more at
At the recent Council on Foundations Family Foundation Conference in San Diego, a new book by a father and teenage daughter sold out in minutes. In The Power of Half (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books 2010), Kevin and Hannah Salwen share the engrossing story of their family's decision to sell their spacious Atlanta home, move to one half the size, and use the proceeds to make grants supporting hunger projects in Africa.

Judging by the conference attendees' interest in this family's story, as well as those of other presenters and sessions addressing next generation issues, it's clear that involving young people remains a top priority for family philanthropists. This is a two-pronged issue. First is how to raise children who are personally philanthropic, who are motivated to give of their time, talent and treasure. Second is how to encourage and prepare the next generation to become involved in the grantmaking of the family's foundation or fund. Focusing on the latter without the former just teaches kids that philanthropy is about giving away other people's money...
At the recent Council on Foundations Family Foundation Conference in San Diego, a new book by a father and teenage daughter sold out in minutes. In The Power of Half (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books 2010), Kevin and Hannah Salwen share the engrossing story of their family's decision to sell their spacious Atlanta home, move to one half the size, and use the proceeds to make grants supporting hunger projects in Africa.

Judging by the conference attendees' interest in this family's story, as well as those of other presenters and sessions addressing next generation issues, it's clear that involving young people remains a top priority for family philanthropists. This is a two-pronged issue. First is how to raise children who are personally philanthropic, who are motivated to give of their time, talent and treasure. Second is how to encourage and prepare the next generation to become involved in the grantmaking of the family's foundation or fund. Focusing on the latter without the former just teaches kids that philanthropy is about giving away other people's money... read more at http://www.ncfp.org/newsroom/family_giving_news/2010/10-february_lead-article


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