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Leaving a legacy and engaging with family are consistently cited as some of the top reasons philanthropists choose to establish a private foundation. We recently hosted a virtual roundtable discussion where our Head of Client Advisory Solutions, Gillian Howell, was joined by two of our clients, each representing a distinct generational point of view, and a subject matter expert from the National Center for Family Philanthropy to examine what it takes to create a successful multigenerational family foundation, how to navigate family dynamics, manage leadership transitions and encourage connections across generations.

We’ve compiled these resources to help you explore this topic more fully on your own, including a roundtable replay, the Q&A, and top takeaways from this dynamic discussion.


Family Philanthropy: Thriving Through the Generations

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Short on time? This piece summarizes the key things you need to know to engage in successful, multi-generational family philanthropy.

Family Philanthropy: Thriving Through the Generations Q&A

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Get the highlights of our moderated discussion with nonprofit leaders about what it takes to help your family’s philanthropy thrive over the long-term.

Family Philanthropy: How It Can Thrive Thru the Generations – Replay

| On-Demand Webinars, Videos
Take advantage of this on-demand webinar to learn what successful families are doing to build and sustain ownership and accountability around a philanthropic mission.

Meet the Experts


Basem Hishmeh

Trustee and President, The Muna & Basem Hishmeh Foundation

Basem and Muna Hishmeh co-founded the Muna & Basem Hishmeh Foundation, which provides support for educational and cultural programs at William Paterson University in New Jersey, and other institutions in both Palestine and the United States.


Deborah Bussel

Founder Bussel Philanthropy Associates and Board Member, The Shepard Broad Foundation

Deborah Bussel established Bussel Philanthropy Associates (BPA) in 2001, a firm that brings a strategic mindset to charitable giving, and supports funders as they pursue meaningful, influential, effective and strategic philanthropy.


Miki Akimoto

Chief Impact Officer, National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP)

Miki Akimoto is the Chief Impact Officer at the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) where she oversees programs, communications, and development teams.


Gillian Howell

Head of Client Advisory Solutions, Foundation Source

Gillian Howell leads the Client Services and Philanthropic Advisory Services functions at Foundation Source, where she oversees teams of seasoned relationship management and philanthropic advisory professionals as they help foundations achieve their charitable objectives with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

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