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Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy at the Johnson Center, presented early findings from a unique national study at the Council on Foundations’ 2012 Fall Conference for Community Foundations as well as at a pre-conference meeting of the Advancement Network. The study examines the rising leaders in philanthropic families – those in the “Gen X” and “Millennial” generations – including many donors involved in community foundations. The Johnson Center teamed up with 21/64, a well-known multi-generational philanthropic consultancy, to conduct the study. A network of partner organizations across the country, including the Council on Foundations, helped gather the data. The full report and final findings from the study will be released nationwide in January, 2013.

Sharna Goldseker from 21/64 joined Dr. Moody on the panel and wrote about the early findings in this post on the Council’s blog: “Discovering the Next Generation.”

Established in 1992 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy promotes effective philanthropy, community improvement, and excellence in nonprofit leadership through teaching, research, and service. The Johnson Center is recognized for its applied research and professional development benefiting practitioners and nonprofits through its Community Research Institute, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy, The Foundation Review, The Grantmaking School, Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Library, and Nonprofit Services.

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