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Family Foundations

Family philanthropy connects to the community in ways institutional philanthropy can't and develops deep relationships with grantees. 

Connect with your peers to share and learn from each other’s experiences – and from key thought leaders in family philanthropy. SCG’s family foundation programs are open to trustees and staff, encouraging vibrant, interactive discussions that illuminate topics unique to family foundations such as working with a professional advisor, finance and administration, and issues of perpetuity.

The Family Philanthropy Advisory Council serves as a planning and advisory body for SCG staff and assists in the development of a robust complement of programs that meet the unique needs of family philanthropy.

As a family foundation representative, your SCG membership includes access to Family Philanthropy Online (FP Online), a service of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. FP Online provides a searchable, comprehensive, and constantly updated collection of downloadable articles, case studies, profiles, research reports and discussion papers. FP Online offers excellent resources on key issues like involving your children and teaching them about family philanthropy, managing conflict and family dynamics in philanthropic decision-making, and creating a mission statement and finding focus for your giving.

View a full list of SCG Family Foundation members.

SCG Events

Join us for upcoming family philanthropy events at SCG!

Thursday, June 20, 2019
8:30am - 2:00pm

Family Philanthropy Resources

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The following are resources from SCG's 2018 Family Philanthropy Conference, Pathways to Impact.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The limited life approach in philanthropy has received increased attention in recent years. But across foundations, perpetuity is often still seen to be the default, and there is considerable uncertainty about the practice of spending down.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

View videos and materials from our 2016 Annual Conference.

Events in the Field

Family Philanthropy News

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Monday, July 9, 2018

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the Independence Day holiday. This year, the holiday held a special meaning and importance for me. I struggled to find a narrative of what it means to love our country when there is so much injustice taking place here on a daily basis. Despite our aspirations and achievements as a country, the United States has a long history of injustices – from slavery and Jim Crow laws to modern-day xenophobia and racism. And, as generations of Americans have tried to do before us – albeit inconsistently and with mixed success – we must continue to fulfill our responsibility to stand up to injustice when we see it.