Recording of When Faces Change at Family Foundations: What This Means for Your Organization’s Funding


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Session Description:

Family Foundations represent up to 85% of America’s 100,000+ granting foundations.

We are now experiencing an historic transfer of wealth between generations. High mobility and geographic dispersion with an increasingly global perspective in philanthropy are the new reality.

What does this all mean for you and the local foundation that has been supporting your cause?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Better understanding of generational change within family foundations and its impact on place-based grantmaking
  • Mediating the challenges that come with the changing dynamics of family foundation grantmaking
  • Gaining  strategies in engaging and collaborating with the next generation of family foundation leaders

Intended Audience: 

  • Organizations that want to improve their understanding of family foundations



Melanie McKitric

Managing Editor of Giving USA The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

Melanie has been a part of the Center on Philanthropy team since 2008 where she started her career there as a graduate assistant in the research department. Between 2009 and 2011, Melanie worked as an editorial assistant and then as Associate Managing Editor for Giving USA, as well as collaborated on other research projects within the department. In 2011, after graduating with dual Master’s degrees in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management at Indiana University, Melanie accepted the dual position of Managing Editor of Giving USA and Project Manager at the Center on Philanthropy.



Michael Moody, Ph.D.,

Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Frey Chair is the nation’s only endowed chair focusing on family philanthropy, and Dr. Moody became the first holder of the chair in July 2010.  In this role, Dr. Moody works with a network of advisors and partners to pursue a comprehensive program of applied research, teaching, professional development, and public service, all designed to advance and promote the field of family philanthropy.

Dr. Moody is trained as a cultural sociologist and has been actively working to understand and improve philanthropy and nonprofit organizations for over 20 years.  He earned a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in sociology from Princeton University, served on the faculty at Boston University and the University of Southern California, and ran his own philanthropic consulting business for two years.

Dr. Moody is co-author (with Robert L. Payton) of the book, Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission (Indiana University Press, 2008), as well as numerous other publications about family foundations, next generation giving, donor education, ethical giving, venture philanthropy, and “giving back” as an explanation for philanthropy.










  1. Beth Brainard says:

    I attended seminar today, “When Faces Change at Family Foundations.” Where do I access a recording of this webinar? Can I access copies of the slides?

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