We provide governance, strategy, and operational support

for successful family foundations

Families that engage in charitable giving know they want to make a positive impact, but they aren’t always sure how to go about it.  With more than 25 years of experience working with family and private foundations, we can help your family or your foundation resolve its challenges and move forward with success and fulfillment.

Staffing Support

We manage the daily functions of the foundation and report to the Board of Directors for direction and decisions.

Managing Transitions

We work with your Board and staff to find a path forward that represents a renewed sense of joy and commitment.

Who We Serve

Because our clients vary in everything from scale to mission and geography, we take care to understand the needs unique to your foundation.

“Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors has conducted a number of projects for me over the past five years and I have always found the firm to be highly professional and very effective. Their advice and counsel was particularly valuable during my first years as president of a family foundation.”


Steve Wilson,
Former President of the Frey Foundation and
Former President of the Ruth Mott Foundation


Is Endowment Permanent?

Donor-restricted endowment is designed to be permanent in theory, but there are times when this rule is violated.


Spending down

Some family foundations should considering spending down, but not for the reason you may think. On the blog, Mark Neithercut responds to a recent article in the Washington Post. 


40 Under 40

Our program officer, Renee Sovis, was recently recognized by Traverse City Business News as one of the region’s most influential professionals under the age of 40.