Growing up with access to wealth and/or philanthropic resources is often complicated for next-generation family members. Many have mixed feelings about the responsibilities of participating in family legacies while simultaneously coming to terms with their own philanthropic identity. At 21/64 we have learned that when working with the next generation, a peer group model is an effective forum in which participants can explore family legacy, examine and articulate their values, and develop their philanthropic identity. Whether a half-day or weekend gathering or an ongoing network, all of these forums seek to help next-generation family members transform their feelings of responsibility into opportunity and create building blocks for work on their own, with peers and with their families.


Based on our experience of working with 21-40 year olds, we have created the #NextGenDonors retreat for those seeking a peer learning experience about philanthropy. Both for next gen donors who are or will be stepping into roles in their family philanthropy and donors who are earners themselves and want to clarify their philanthropic identity and direction. The Retreat will be a fusion of experiential learning and purposeful skill building, all keenly designed for next gen donors to become strategic and effective in their philanthropic decision-making, expand and strengthen their next gen donors network and inspire them to take next steps in their own giving, individually and/or collectively. This year’s Retreat will be a precursor to the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State’s National Summit on Family Philanthropy February 20-21, 2017. The Summit brings together family donors, national thought leaders, and other philanthropic professionals and entrepreneurs for a highly interactive, thematically focused, in-depth, and solutions-driven dialogue about a timely challenge facing the field.

Retreat date: February 19, 2017, in San Francisco. Click here to sign up now for the #NextGenDonors Retreat through the National Summit on Family Philanthropy’s registration portal.Click here to register now.

For any questions or to learn more, email us at or call 212-931-0121.

Grand Street

21/64 facilitates an ongoing network of next-generation family members (ages 18-28) who are involved or will be involved in their family philanthropy one day. Participants often feel respect for their inherited family legacy but are unsure about finding their own place in the multigenerational family context. Grand Street allows participants to explore questions of their Jewish identity, family responsibility and philanthropic opportunity in a safe space among peers. Participation in the network begins with a weekend retreat and is followed by ongoing programming including networking and peer connections, personalized coaching, resources and referrals, and other learning and philanthropic opportunities initiated by members of the network. This upcoming retreat will also be the opening session for Slingshot’s Chicago Fund Cycle, which new cohort participants can learn more about joining.

Retreat date: September 15-16, 2016, in Chicago. Click here to register now.

To find out more or to get involved with Grand Street, email us at or call 212.931.0129.

Ripe for Change

Complex problems demand complex solutions. The food we eat and the way we grow, pick, process, and distribute it has never been more damaging to our health and well being – or to the environment – than it is today. In response, a diverse and loose-knit movement has grown up that seeks to transform the way food works. It is a young movement, just now coalescing. 21/64, in partnership with the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the New World Foundation, is assembling a multi-generational group of funders for regular dinner discussions and site visits that will bring together philanthropic and professional peers to learn about the challenges of our current food system, who is creating change, and how to fund a sustainable system.

To get involved with Ripe for Change, email us at or call 212.931.0129.

  • "[Grand Street] was really special for me. I learned so much and it was so nice to meet all the participants. I thought everyone had something great to offer and we connected on this common set of issues. I feel after the gathering more comfortable speaking about my involvement in the foundation, and less hesitant about speaking in front of a group."

    Amy Sorensen

  • "The experience of being among peers at with whom I could freely talk about issues of wealth and philanthropy has been valuable on a number of levels. Grand Street has helped me to focus on two very important questions: what is my relationship with Judaism? And how should this inform my future philanthropic choices? I continue to work on both of these. Additionally, the creativity and diversity of perspectives among participants was very stimulating and thought provoking,and many conversations that began at the retreat are still being tossed around among us. The network effects of being part of a group of future Jewish philanthropic leaders are exciting, and I look forward to continuing involvement."

    Grand Street participant