Coming soon to WG’s Family Philanthropy Affinity Group

We have a full schedule planned for 2009, including:

  • – Monthly teleconferences featuring presentations by national experts on a wide range of topics in family dynamics, governance, grantmaking strategies and trends in family philanthropy;
  • – Quality networking events exclusively for family foundation trustees and individual philanthropists, and;
  • – Access to over 1,000 best practices, sample polices, articles, and case studies, specifically related to family philanthropy.

On Oct. 2, we convened over 20 family foundation trustees, staff and consultants to learn the “Top 10 Ways Family Foundations Get Into Trouble.” Attendees reported that the event was “fabulous!” “a helpful refresher,” and “very thought provoking.” Participants deepened their understanding of issues such as self-dealing, disqualified persons, and grants to individuals. (Click for a summary of the top ten.)

Daniel Solomon, Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation:“We partnered with the Council on Foundations and the Aspen Institute to host this essential training because it is increasingly important that we arm ourselves with a solid knowledge and understanding of private foundation laws, especially in this age of heightened scrutiny.”

If you’re a family foundation staffer or trustee, and you’re not already involved, we hope to see you soon! For more information about the Family Philanthropy Affinity Group, please contact Katy Moore at

Daniel Solomon and Louise Sagalyn

Lorre Polinger, Kathryn Scott, Sandy Katz and Daniel Solomon

Andrew Schulz (speaker) Deputy General Counsel at the Council on Foundations