Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Family Foundations: Balancing Family and Social Impact
by Palus, Joseph P., Ph.D., Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, 2017, 237; 10280903
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines perceptions of purpose in family foundations and the impact of differences in those perceptions on family foundation board composition/function and on grant making activities. One of the primary decisions facing the donor who creates a private foundation relates to governance. Here, the donor arguably faces a deeply personal choice: to what extent should the donor’s family be involved? Related to this choice is the question of the degree of focus on the mission-related aspects of the organization or the family-related aspects of the organization. This dissertation explores whether family foundation trustees view family purposes and social impact purposes as meaningful for the foundation they represent and whether trustees differ with regard to the degree to which they emphasize one or the other. If family foundation trustees do meaningfully differ in this regard, what difference does an emphasis on family or social impact purposes make on board composition, grant making focus and stability, similarity to one’s peers, and other factors? Through a combination of survey, interview, and review of publicly available material, this dissertation explores this question for a sample of family foundation trustees in two Midwestern states. Eugene Tempel, Ph.D., Co-Chair Leslie Lenkowsky, Ph.D., Co-Chair

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lenkowsky, Leslie, Tempel, Eugene
Commitee: Gunderman, Richard, Mesch, Debra
School: Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Department: Philanthropic Studies
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Boards of direcftors, Family foundations, Family purposes, Foundation philanthropy, Social impact purposes
Publication Number: 10280903
ISBN: 978-1-369-81718-8
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