How to Engage Your Family in Philanthropy

January 25, 2022
By Tammy Johnson, Senior Philanthropic Advisor

The new year brings the promise of renewal and new opportunities. It is also a time to reflect on the challenges of the last two years and to create a plan to help our most vulnerable neighbors survive and, better yet, thrive in 2022.

During the recent winter break, the topics of homelessness, hunger and social justice were the issues my family discussed over holiday meals. To model the joy of giving back with our 13-year-old twins, we turned these conversations into action by donating new and gently worn winter clothing to our local family shelter. Now, as a new family tradition, we hope to make the most of each holiday break by making time to support local charities.

Philanthropy and family are two areas where donors can leave a lasting impact on the world. Many donors want to share their charitable passions with their loved ones and to teach them about the values that make philanthropy so important—and so exciting. It is a chance to connect and converse about deeply personal values, to work together to affect the common good, and to learn about one another.

While there are many ways to have these conversations, CCF has gathered a few principles and guidelines that can help you along the journey to making philanthropy a family affair. Please take a look at our DonorConnect resource on How to Engage Your Family in Philanthropy. You will learn how to tailor philanthropic activities based on the age and stage of your family members and how to inform, inspire and involve your loved ones based on your personal experiences and goals.

Bringing family together around philanthropy can be deeply rewarding and we are here to help. Please feel free to contact your Relationship Manager or the Donor Relations Team at if you have any questions.

Please visit the other blogposts in this series:

The Donor’s Journey of Growth & Discovery

Grow Your Giving in Partnership with Effective Nonprofits

As a CCF fundholder, remember to login to DonorConnect here to access the full suite of resources and tools available at any time.

If you would like to take another step and open a fund with CCF, please contact Brooke Pinnix, Business Development Manager, at

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