Family philanthropy’s role in the field of charitable giving has grown significantly in size and complexity over the past decade: in 2010, more than 40,000 family foundations donated over $20 billion according to the Foundation Center, representing 63% of all foundation giving. Indeed, family philanthropy is the largest and fastest growing segment of philanthropic activity in the country, with hundreds of thousands of families giving through donor advised funds, family offices, family businesses, giving circles, and other vehicles.

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