The Future of Family Philanthropy:
Predicting and Preparing

June 5-6, 2013  //  Chicago, IL

In June 2013, family donors from around the country convened in the vibrant philanthropic city of Chicago for the second National Summit and discussed a poignant theme for philanthropic families: the future. With next generations stepping into their role in a family giving, and with new tools and challenges changing how families give, we need to consider seriously what the future of family philanthropy will look like, what we want it to look like, and what we do now to help realize our ideal future. Participants spoke candidly about the changes in philanthropy and the changes in families that are shaping the future of family philanthropy.

Plenary sessions for the 2013 Summit focused on:

  • The challenges and opportunities facing some of Chicago’s most prominent philanthropic families as they look toward the future of their city
  • Lessons from family donors who are embracing new organizational forms, types of social investment, and collaborations
  • New ways for foundations to engage with, support, and learn from the organizations they support
  • Lessons from a diverse group of champions taking on a major global health challenge
  • How family foundations can learn from the diversity found in rich cultural traditions of giving
  • How the next generation is balancing their family giving legacies while also pursuing their own passions

Speakers Included:

  • Maria Bechily, Hodes Family Foundation
  • Lori Bonn, The World We Want Foundation
  • Kenyatta Brame, Cascade Engineering
  • Howard Buffett, Howard G. Buffett Foundation
  • Richard H. Driehaus, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • Ellie Frey, Frey Foundation
  • Mary Galeti, Tecovas Foundation
  • Sharna Goldseker, Goldseker Foundation and 21/64
  • James Gorter, Gorter Family Foundation
  • Mae Hong, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • John Kluge, Jr., Eirene, Inc.
  • Liam Krehbiel, A Better Chicago
  • Levani Lipton, Ananda Foundation
  • Katherine Lorenz, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
  • Irene Siragusa Phelps, Siragusa Foundation
  • Marianne Philbin, Pierce Family Foundation
  • Jamie Phillippe, Chicago Community Trust
  • Jaimie Mayer Phinney, Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Denis Pierce, Pierce Family Foundation
  • Virgil Roberts, California Community Foundation
  • Justin Rockefeller, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Manal Saab, Ghassan and Manal Saab Foundation
  • Jack Siragusa, Siragusa Foundation
  • Susan Sullivan, Social Venture Partners

Special thanks to our 2013 sponsors:

Major Sponsor

Contributing Sponsor



Advisory Committee Members:

  • Rob Collier,Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Jim Edwards, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
  • Ginny Esposito, National Center for Family Philanthropy
  • Jason Franklin, Bolder Giving
  • Ellie Frey, Frey Foundation
  • Mary Galeti, Tecovas Foundation
  • Mae Hong, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Valerie Jacobs, Jacobs Family Foundation
  • Dottie Johnson, Johnson Family Fund
  • Reginald Jones, Jacobs Family Foundation
  • Valerie Lies, Donors Forum
  • Michael Moody, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
  • Colleen Mitchell, VENTURE3Philanthropy
  • Lisa Parker, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
  • Jamie Phillippe, Chicago Community Trust
  • Doug Stewart, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Organizing Task Force From Grand Valley State University:

  • Scott Blinkhorn, University Development
  • Erica Curry Van Ee, Johnson Center
  • Karen Loth, University Development
  • Heidi McPheeters, Johnson Center
  • Robert Shalett, Johnson Center
  • Paul Stansbie, Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Emily Walters, Johnson Center

Many aspects of Summit planning and logistics were handled by a faculty and student team from the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Grand Valley State University.