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Family Foundation Roundtable

The Gateway Center for Giving recognizes that family foundations encounter a unique set of challenges due to their size and unique family dynamics. We provide programming to meet the needs of family foundation staff and trustees.

Family Foundation Roundtables provide family foundation staff and trustees the opportunity to connect with their peers to learn best practices in family philanthropy. The goal of the gatherings is to provide consistent, high-value Member benefits that will enable St. Louis area family foundations to ensure that the future builds upon the successes of the past.

About Family Foundations
Family foundations are private foundations that are managed or influenced by the original donor or their family. Family foundations allow families to create a forum to work towards common social goals and promote giving to future generations. 


Family foundations are often, but not always, characterized by:
  • Family members serving as the majority of board members on a voluntary basis.
  • Concentrating giving locally in the donor's community.
  • Focusing on the philanthropic intent of the donors.
  • Involving high participation from family members.
Resources and information for families that operate or are considering creating a family foundation: Trends in Family Philanthropy:

Links to Relevant Organizations:

  • Resource Generation
    Programs and information for young people of wealth to explore how their financial resources relate to social justice.
  • Exponent Philanthropy (formerly known as the Association of Small Foundations)
    Membership organization of 3,000 foundations with few or no staff, which provides peer learning opportunities, targeted resources, and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.
  • National Center for Family Philanthropy
    Promotes philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families.
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
    Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors provides research and counsel on charitable giving, develops philanthropic programs and offers complete program, administrative and management services for foundations and trusts. RPA also operates a Charitable Giving Fund, through which clients can make gifts outside the United States, participate in funding consortia and operate nonprofit initiatives.
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