5 Reasons to Make Philanthropy a Family Affair

5 reasons to make philanthropy a family affair

Many successful people feel the need to ‘pay it forward’ by financially supporting organizations that mean something to them.

You may already make regular and sizable charitable donations. But have you ever considered getting your family involved? If the answer is no, you may be missing out on a teaching opportunity with your children and loved ones about smart family philanthropy.

Young boy holding toy shaped like a heart - family philanthropy can begin at any age

Gather the Kids Around

Most people’s deepest financial concerns are focused on taking care of their family and making sure that they are financially secure and positioned to enjoy a stable life.

Family philanthropy is a great way to ensure this. In our newsletter, Five Reasons to Make Philanthropy a Family Affair, we discuss ways to engage your family in charitable giving to build character and strengthen meaningful relationships. We want to give you the first one to start you off on the right foot:

“Working together to define your shared values around wealth, building community and contributing to various socioeconomic statuses – Family Mission Statement”

When deciding how to involve your family, you should take into consideration ages and maturity levels. You can still include the younger children on a broader level while the older children have more say in the decision-making process.

Family Philanthropy Approaches

One way to enter into family philanthropy is by developing a private foundation. As a not-for-profit organization, assets in a private foundation provide income, which support the operation of the foundation and also assist in making charitable grants to other non-profit organizations.

One reason a family may move to a private foundation is:

LegacyMany people create private foundations to honor loved ones. Foundations are effective in binding a family together around something they consider meaningful. You should probably build a legacy – of one kind or another – if you choose to create a private foundation.

Other important reasons for establishing a private foundation can be found in our newsletter. However operating a private foundation can be complicated and call for a variety of experts to manage the details.

Wealthier families consider private foundations over a more common used charitable giving tool – the donor-advised fund (DAF) because of two reasons: control and creating a legacy. We dive into these reasons and why these affect the decision-making process for family philanthropy in our newsletter.

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5 reasons to make philanthropy a family affair

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