When TPI began in 1989, few resources existed to assist families with their philanthropy. TPI has since developed guides, tools, and more to fill this gap, including a rich collection of resources and workbooks to help families work together, plan for the future, and make their philanthropy more effective and fulfilling. In 1994, TPI hosted a national convening with the Johnson Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation on philanthropic opportunities created by the intergenerational transfer of wealth. In 2000, TPI published What’s a Donor to Do?, a first-ever major sourcebook on resources available for new and emerging donors, focusing primarily on individuals and families. Building on this seminal work, TPI developed the Excellence in Family Philanthropy Initiative, a multi-year undertaking to offer trainings and support to community foundations to enhance their work with families.
TPI continues to focus efforts on supporting and strengthening family philanthropy. In addition to continued development of tools and resources, TPI offers customized seminars, workshops, and learning experiences for funders, advisors, community foundations, and others. Topics include:
- Finding a focus and establishing philanthropic goals
- Involving the next generation in giving
- Exploring philanthropy’s role in building a lasting family legacy
- Evaluating the impact of your philanthropy
- Creating an expression of donor intent
- Raising generous children