The Foundation Review vol.7 issue 1 (Spring 2015)

This groundbreaking edition, co-edited with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is devoted completely to the art and science of philanthropy consulting. GMA is proud to be a contributing author.

Fdn Review Cover 2015The Family Foundation Life Cycle and the Role of Consultants
Melissa L. Nemon Ph.D. and Claudia J. Jacobs M.S.W., Sillerman Center; Mary Phillips M.S., and Judy Sneath M.B.A., GMA Foundations

This article introduces the Family Foundation Life Cycle as a lens for understanding the stages of a family foundation’s operations, and provides a Family Foundation /Consultant Guide  to help foundations anticipate needs and set the stage for successful consulting engagements. (click on the link to download)

Resources for Foundations in Practice case study sessions

The National Forum on Family Philanthropy, May 8 – 9, 2014

Ideas to consider when:

reviewing your foundation’s geographic commitment

planning for board continuity and succession

foundation decision making becomes personally difficult

Resource List for #ncfp14 Foundations in Practice sessions
(kindness of the National Center for Family Philanthropy)

Boston Philanthropic Advisors Roundtable (BPART),  September 9, 2013

Ten Ways to plan for succession

Succession Planning in Private Foundations: Knock, Knock. Who’s there?

Approaches to Involving the Next Generation in Philanthropy and the Family Foundation


Featured Resources (primarily from our blog)

Distinctive Grantmaking

Transcendental Operations: Finding the excitement in unrestricted support

Finding Strengths in Funder Collaboratives

Parenting Education: Much ado about evaluation and outcomes

Asset Building Strategies for Low Income Families


Model Governance

Is it Time to Refresh or Reenergize your Family Foundation Board?

Improving Communication and Interaction in Family Foundations

A Family Establishes a Statement of Legacy


Strong Operations

Tax Planning in Private Foundations: Keeping an eye on what matters most 

Moving to Online Grant Applications 

Foundation Compensation: To Pay or Not to Pay

Foundation Payout in a Down Economy

When Should You Pay Trustee Compensation?

This is Your Final Notice


GMA Reports

2014 Grants Snapshot

GMA Foundations background MEDIA

2013 Grants Report

2012 Grants Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report



Orientation Manual for Foundation Trustees and Board Members Boston, MA: GMA Foundations

Governance Arlington, VA: Council on Foundations’ Family Foundation Library



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