Creating Change through Family Philanthropy: The Next Generation

by Alison Goldberg, Karen Pittelman & Resource Generation


Drawing on over 40 interviews, this is an essential guide for both young philanthropists and anyone working with wealthy families interested in ethical giving.

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  • Find out how institutional practices within family philanthropies actually hinder rather than support social change.
  • Learn why the grantmaking process is tailored to the needs of funders and how you can transform this process to make it more balanced.
  • Discover how your foundation can link your investments with your mission.
  • Learn how to shift your funding process from one that perpetuates social inequality to one that empowers grantees to create powerful social change.


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About the Author

Alison Goldberg has worked for a number of nonprofits and within her own family foundation to promote social and economic justice. She joined Resource Generation’s (RG) staff after the organization she created and directed, Foundations for Change, merged with RG. Her previous publications include “Opportunity of a Lifetime: Young Adults in Family Philanthropy” for the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s Passages Series and “Social Change Philanthropy and How It’s Done” for Foundation News & Commentary. Contact her at

Karen Pittelman served as RG’s first program coordinator and is the author of RG’s Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change. At 25 she dissolved her $3 million trust to co-found the Chahara Foundation, a fund run by and for low-income women activists in Boston. Contact her at

Resource Generation is a national nonprofit organization that works with young people with financial wealth who believe in social change. Since 1996, the organization has offered a variety of programs educating young funders about social change philanthropy. Visit them at

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