Family Philanthropy Resources

The below publications focus on family philanthropy. If you have additional resources to recommend, or would like to write a review of one of the books you’ve read to share with others, contact Melissa Hardage.



  • Across Generations: A Four Step Guide for Creating an Expression of Donor Intent (Susan Turnbull and Amy Zell Ellsworth), Personal Legacy Advisors, LLC and The Philanthropic Initiative, Boston, MA 2009
  • Charity Begins at Home: Generosity and Self-Interest Among the Philanthropic Elite (Teresa Odendahl), Basic Books, New York, NY, 1990
  • Creating Change Through Family Philanthropy: The Next Generation (Alison Goldberg and Karen Pittelman), Soft Skull Press, New York, NY, 2007
  • Don't Just Give It Away: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving (Renata Rafferty), Chandler House Press, Worcester, MA, 1999
  • Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family (James E. Hughes, Jr.) Bloomberg Press, Princeton, NJ, 2004
  • Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan (Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner), Jossey-Bass, Hoboken, NJ, 2002 (2nd edition)
  • Living the Generous Life: Reflections on Giving & Receiving (Wayne Muller and Megan Scribner, Editors), Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, 2002
  • Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations (Kelin E. Gersick) Lexington Books and National Center for Family Philanthropy, Washington, D.C. 2004
  • The Giving Book (Ellen Sabin) Watering Can Press, 2004
  • The Giving Family: Raising our Children to Help Others (Susan Crites Price), Council on Foundations, Washington D.C. 2001
  • A Kid’s Guide to Giving (Freddi Zeiler), By Kids for Kids Co., Norwalk, CT, 2007
  • The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All (Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon) Tarcher, New York, NY, 2008
  • The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back (Hannah Salwen and Kevin Salwen), Mariner Books, Boston, MA 2011
  • Raising Charitable Children (Carol Weisman) F.E. Robbins & Sons Press, St. Louis, MO, 2006
  • Raising Children with Philanthropic Values (Ellen Remmer), The Philanthropic Initiative, Boston, MA. 2003
  • Rambam’s Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give (Julie Salamon), Workman Publishing, New York, NY, 2003
  • Wealth in Families (Charles W. Collier) Harvard University Development Office, Cambridge, MA. 2006



21/64 (

21/64 takes a multigenerational approach in family philanthropy and offers online resources, trainings and ideas to the current and next generation of the philanthropic community.


Do Something (

With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change.


Learning to Give (

Interactive website filled with philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement. Perfect for parents, grandparents, teachers and younger children.


National Center for Family Philanthropy (

The National Center for Family Philanthropy’s monthly e-newsletter highlights key issues and new resources in family giving. Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter and view archived issues.


The Philanthropic Initiative (

TPI designs, carries out and evaluates philanthropic programs for individual donors, families, foundations, and corporations. They are dedicated to dynamic philanthropy, a results-driven investment approach to a deeply challenging and rewarding field.


Youth in Philanthropy (

Youth in Philanthropy explores the world of giving, volunteering and helping. Their resource center links to other service-oriented programs for youth and highlights famous and celebrity philanthropists.


YesKidzCan! (

A blog dedicated to helping parents with thoughtfully created and selected resources to engage elementary and middle school kids in social entrepreneurism, community service, and other fun giving experiences. 



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