Why Family Foundations Lose Their Way

Publication date: 
May, 2012

Family foundations are a large and diverse group. The Foundation Center reports that there were more than 38,000 family foundations in the U.S. in 2009, and these foundations made grants totaling more than $20 billion.  The very largest foundations in America today are family foundations, and some of the very smallest are family foundations, as well. Some family foundations focus on local issues, while others concentrate on broad international issues. Some support the arts; others support only religious organizations.

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