Next Generation

At 21/64, we understand the unique skills and perspectives the next generation can bring to the philanthropic community. However, the prospect of engaging the next generation can be daunting.

Next-generation family members have grown up with access to broader opportunities fueled by information technology, increased diversity and global connectedness. The questions they ask, language they use, and even their values and priorities change the way the family communicates.

The more a family is able to see that “involving the kids” does not only mean adding children to an existing system, but rather shifting the family paradigm to become multigenerational – embracing what each generation brings to the table – the better prepared they will be for the next phase of the foundation’s evolution, and for meeting the needs of the 21st century.

Explore our Next Generation programming here.

  • What's New

    21/64 is hiring!

    We are looking to grow the 21/64 Team and expand our capacity with a new Senior Consultant. If you or anyone you know is an experience professional with strong facilitation skills, a passion for philanthropy and interested in working with a multigenerational audience, you can check out the full job description here. Applications and questions can be sent to

    There’s a NEW addition to the 21/64 Toolbox: roleplay!

    Created by 21/64 in partnership with Youth Philanthropy Connect & The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, roleplay is an interactive tool that leverages the powerful act of play to help youth, next gen funders, families, giving circles, foundation and junior boards, or any groups making decisions together gain awareness of how they act in different roles—both personally and as a funders—to make mindful choices about the roles they want to play.

    A New Generation Means NEW Generational Profiles and Personalities

    There’s a new Gen on the block: Generation Z. To celebrate the Zers coming of age, 21/64 is excited to announce that our Generational tools have been updated with new images, new content, a new design and a new generation—giving Gen Z the fifth seat at the adult table, along with the Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers/Millennials. You can use the Generational Profiles and Generational Personalities as an interactive exercise to engage your audience at your next workshop, family meeting or company retreat by clicking here.

    Generational Personalities 2015
    The NEW Picture Your Legacy Has Arrived!

    21/64 has updated PYL, making this popular deck of colorful images more dynamic and effective at catalyzing creative conversations around legacy. You can order your own, learn more, and discover how to begin living your legacy here.

    Picture Your Legacy
  • Featured Articles

    Meet Sharna Goldseker, executive director of 21/64 and a Woman of Influence
    New York Business Journal, January 2016

    Philanthropy catalyzing next-generation donors

    Sharna Goldseker, October 2015

    The Secret to Passing on Your Philanthropic Legacy

    Sharna Goldseker
    Foundation Source, September 2015

    As ACBP spends down, 21/64 launches

    Sharna Goldseker
    GrantCraft, August 2015

    Wealthy donors differ by generation

    Pamela Yip
    Dallas Morning News, February 2015

    Why We Made It: Successful Incubation

    Will Schneider, September 30, 2014

    Make a Difference This Summer!

    Deborah Goldstein
    Enlightened Philanthropy, July 1, 2014

    #NextGenDonor Report cited in the 2013 Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy

    Conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Report estimates all giving to all charitable organizations across the United States, and calculates total giving for about 53 million households across America, approximately 16 million corporations that claim charitable deductions, over a million estates, and about 82,000 foundations. To learn more about the findings in this report, click here