Our Donor Journeys and Why They Matter

Fifth Biennial National Summit on Family Philanthropy
January 28–29, 2019  //  Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Every two years, the National Summit on Family Philanthropy brings together family donors from around the country — and those who work closest with them — for a highly interactive, candid, peer-to-peer dialogue, informed by the latest research and innovative practices. National Summits provide a space for family philanthropists to network and learn together, to share challenges and successes, and to take home practical insights.

The 2019 National Summit on Family Philanthropy was held in Fort Lauderdale, a stunning, beach-front community that sits at the heart of a thriving, statewide culture of philanthropy. The Summit hosted engaging sessions all day on January 28, including plenaries and practical workshops, as well as the opportunity to tour innovative family giving initiatives in South Florida on the morning of the 29th.


Click here to read the full invitation letter from Board Chair Mary Kramer.


2019 Summit Theme

Every donor has a journey. Every giving family has a story to tell about their philanthropic path and past. And in many ways, these experiences are shared across family philanthropy. Donors who are just starting out often ask similar questions and face predictable choices, while many of philanthropy’s more seasoned travelers share an eagerness to pass on what they’ve learned and to blaze new trails. Still, no two donor journeys are exactly alike.

These journeys are not just tales of historical interest. A donor’s journey deeply influences that donor’s giving, values, strategies, knowledge, skills, and ultimately, impact. The process matters, and even the bumpiest road can lead to a more rewarding giving experience.

At the 2019 National Summit on Family Philanthropy, and throughout the Donor Journeys Initiative, we invite family donors of all generations to explore their own journeys, and to share and learn with other donors whose giving has improved because of where they’ve been and what they’ve learned.

Our Donor Journeys and Why They Matter marked the kick-off of a two-year Donor Journeys Initiative led by the Johnson Center’s Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy, Dr. Michael Moody. To learn more about this initiative and how you can support it, click here.


Thanks to our 2019 Summit sponsors for their generous support: