Lansberg·Gersick & Associates
Advising the world's leading family enterprises

New @ LGA

Updates and announcements from the LGA Team

LGA and the National Center of Family Philanthropy (NCFP) seek participants for research into different philanthropic avenues for families

A little over a decade ago, LGA and the National Center of Family Philanthropy partnered to develop and publish Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Philanthropy, which quickly became one of the field’s bedrock publications for donors and philanthropic families. In a follow-up to that landmark study, LGA is now co-sponsoring a research project with the NCFP to explore how complex business families are using a variety of vehicles beyond their family foundations to pursue philanthropic goals — including their personal philanthropy, donor-advised funds, corporate social responsibility programs, impact / mission-aligned investing strategies, and in some cases even their operating businesses.  

We know that the structure and ways that complex multi-generational families manage and govern their shared and individual philanthropy have evolved, and we are searching now for a handful of pioneers in this area who would be willing to be interviewed. Specifically, we hope to interview families with a history of significant philanthropy for two or more generations, with members of at least two generations currently involved in some aspect of philanthropy, and with three or more active philanthropic structures in place.

Many of the families in our network have found the coordination of all these different activities to be a challenge. We are helping to fund this research in the hopes to learn from the experiences of families like yours so that we can offer guidance to other families and present aggregate findings to the field at large.

If interested, please contact the lead researcher for this project, Dr. Wendy Ulaszek (, who will be happy to provide more project details.