A Family’s Legacy

Brothers, ages 11 and 9, are put on a train alone to escape a growing threat to Jews as war looms. Their parents stay behind in Germany, hoping to join them after taking care of family affairs. They will never see each other again.  Hans (“Hank”) Cohn and younger brother Bert lived briefly in France […]

Family Holiday Guide

Preparing for family holiday gatherings is more than determining who gets the guest bedroom and who gets the sofa. It is more than finding gluten-free dessert recipes and the frenzy of assembling complicated toys at the last minute. Instead holiday family gatherings are an opportunity to develop new traditions and strategies for doing good in […]

Three Questions Each Night

A family’s nightly question ritual creates meaningful reflection, laughter, and bonding for all ages. Huffington Post writer, Meg Conley shares her family’s dinner conversation starter questions and the opportunities the questions uncover to dive deeper into the lives of her children. How were you kind today? How were you brave today? How did you fail […]

The Tale of Two Women

Two women are thinking creatively about the questions asked in academic research and to one another in relationship to philanthropy. They are changing the information and data available as well as the conversations about gender and giving. You can hear about their journey, research and convenings on one of our favorite philanthropy podcasts Forward Thinking’s […]

A Mother’s Gift of Music

By J Mullineaux This year I decided to honor my mother on Mother’s Day by purchasing a trumpet and donating it to the Music for Schools Program at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. My mother inspired me to play the trumpet – in fact, my mother encouraged me to do anything in life that […]

Grandparent Legacy Project

Stories create a common thread and understanding for families. Listen to Sharna Goldsecker, Executive Director of 21/64, share research and stories behind The Grandparent Legacy Project. The philanthropy podcast, Forward Thinking, explores how family narratives build a cohesive understanding of values for multiple generations. Both the story itself and the process of passing the story […]

Missing Marv

Philanthropist and community leader Marv Soiland’s legacy to Sonoma County is immeasurable. In addition to a business dynasty, he instilled a philanthropic value into both his family and community. Marv reminded everyone that it is critical to “give ten and save ten”.  By employing a tithing model, Marv felt we should all give the first […]

Happier Holidays

The frenzy of the holidays can detract from the joy and generosity that is the season’s hallmark. Stepping back for perspective just got easier with Lisa Parker’s fun philanthropic guide for families at the holidays, “The Hip Family’s Guide to Happier Holidays”. Ritual, storytelling, memory-making, volunteerism, “good gifting” and pausing in the moment, promotes philanthropy […]

Learn like a Billionaire

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan iteratively explore giving that is both impactful in the community and meaningful to them. Their recent $75 million gift to San Francisco General Hospital is “traditional” yet clearly resonated with Chan who did her medical residency there.

The Opposite of Spoiled

Our holiday reading list includes a gem about raising generous children. The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by New York Times financial columnist Rob Lieber takes the sting out of talking to kids about money. Lieber advocates for families to strategically “save, spend, and give” as a […]