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The Effects of Family Culture on Family Foundations

But the family? Yet it is exactly this—a characteristic way of thinking, feeling, judging, and acting—that defines a culture. In direct and subtle ways, children are molded by the family culture into which they are born. Growing up, their assumptions about what is right and wrong, good and bad, reflect the beliefs, values and traditions of the family culture. Even those who later reject all or part of the family culture often discover that they are not entirely free of their early influences.

No matter that they promise themselves they will never repeat the mistakes of their own family—certain cultural attitudes and responses are so ingrained in family members that they continue to affect their thinking and behavior, whether or not those individuals are aware of such influence. To say that families have identifiable cultures, however, is not to suggest that they are static. Families are in a constant state of transition as each member moves through the cycles of life and the family itself moves from one stage of development to the next.

Marriages, births, divorces and deaths change the family constellation and, in profound ways, alter the family culture. Simultaneously, larger political, economic and social forces also impinge on the family culture. The social revolution that began in the s, for example, changed—among other things—attitudes and expectations about the roles of men and women.

The boy or girl raised in a family in which mother and aunts are professional women is exposed to a very different family culture from the one their grandparents knew. In the s, management theorists and consultants popularized the concept of organizational culture.

They described corporations in anthropological terms, pointing to their social structure, norms and laws, language, dress codes and even their artifacts. Organizations with distinct cultures invariably bore the imprint of their founders. The corps of clean-shaven IBM executives dressed in white shirts and blue suits reflected the personality, beliefs and style of Thomas Watson, Sr. Like corporations, family foundations have distinct organizational cultures, and they are as varied as the families that generate them.

As in corporations, the values and norms of the founders and their families determine the focus of the foundation as well as how it is governed, how conflicts are handled and how emotions are expressed.

To recognize the effects of family culture on the style and direction of a family foundation, Chapter 1 will look at four particular cultural attributes: values, norms, traditions and conformity. Each is examined below. The values of the family set the basic tone for the family foundation.

Entrepreneurs with the single-mindedness and drive to amass fortunes often have powerful and compelling personalities to match. Not surprisingly, then, they shape foundations in their image and according to their values, philosophy and preferred style of management—just as they did their business.

One such man was A. Born shortly after the assassination of President Lincoln, he was named by his immigrant parents in honor of the fallen president. Filene remained true to his namesake; throughout his life, he held progressive political views and acted on them. The Filene brothers were the first to employ a full-time nurse in their store as an employee benefit in an era when most workers could not afford good medical care.

They also promoted the creation of credit unions to help workers generate purchasing power. Lincoln Filene was as engaged in the world as he was in his store. In the s he established programs for Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany with the dual purpose of helping them get jobs and learn what it means to be an American. In the s he created the Filene Center for Civic Participation at Tufts University, and he also helped establish the first public broadcasting station in Boston.

Lincoln Filene would be pleased that today, members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of the family serve side by side on the board and on program committees carrying out the work he began on issues involving civic education, public broadcasting and job training. In some cases, they motivate them to take an opposite course. Forced to leave school to support his family, Raymond began delivering oil from a single barrel on the back of a truck.

He eventually built his one-man business into the largest oil company in the Southeast. He spent his health in gaining wealth, and then spent his wealth to regain his health.

I decided to look for meaning elsewhere. Ordained as an Episcopal priest, he and his wife, Margaret, chose to raise their family in modest circumstances. He invited his brothers, along with his cousins from the Mobley side of the family, to sit on the board.

It never happened. Later, he would try again, inviting his children on the board when they came of age. It is not only the values of the person who creates the family wealth that stamp the family culture.

His grandson, William Bill J. We were almost as close to our cousins as were to our own brothers and sisters. My grandfather passed on his value of family cohesiveness to his children, who passed it on to us. Now my generation is doing the same for the next generation. They, with Bill and some of his cousins, built the trucking and warehouse business into a billion-dollar-a-year operation. In , the family discovered yet another way to tie its members together.

Bill and his mother, Dorothy, the principal donor, established the William J. In keeping with the clan mentality, their goal was to involve every family member in the foundation at whatever level they could participate. Norms are the spoken and unspoken rules of cultures. Norms set standards for how family members dress, talk and act.

They also set limits on what is permissible or impermissible behavior under different circumstances and conditions. More than just rules of etiquette, norms provide family members with a guide for living both within the home and without. When families establish foundations, they bring with them the rules of behavior that have governed the family culture.

Originally, the board was composed of John and Marianne and their two children, Thomas and Alexandra. If we violated those rules, my parents would only have to raise their eyebrows to let us know that our behavior was out of line.

When Thomas and Alexandra went away to college in the s, they encountered a different set of norms. There, free expression was not only encouraged but considered healthy. Both Thomas and Alexandra spent several years in therapy learning how to express their feelings, and both married spouses who grew up in family cultures in which arguing and shouting were commonplace. Nonetheless, when Thomas and Alexandra are in the company of their parents, they still follow the rules of behavior they were taught as children.

Before the spouses joined the board, meetings to discuss allocations ran smoothly. The foundation funds higher education and church-run social services programs. When the spouses joined the board, however, they had a different understanding of what their roles would be. They expected that as trustees, they would be free to debate ideas and grant proposals. But Michael persisted in arguing his positions, sometimes quite aggressively and long after they were voted down by the board.

When I mentioned his behavior to my mother, she denied that anything was wrong. As hard as the Vanboven family tries to avoid controversy, the Jacobs family welcomes it. Joe Jacobs, a child of Lebanese immigrants, grew up in poverty in Brooklyn. After earning a degree in chemical engineering, he started a small consulting business in that he built into the billion-dollar Jacobs Engineering Group. As an undergraduate student, Joe was trained in Socratic dialogue, and this discipline sparked a love of intellectual sparring that he passed on to his three daughters.

Over the years, the family has had plenty of opportunities to practice its debating skills. Joe is a political conservative and advocate of the free enterprise system, and his daughters are liberals. Once, in a particularly fiery argument between Joe and his daughter Linda, an exasperated Joe asked Linda what made her so opinionated. In , Joe and his wife, Violet Vi , set up the Jacobs Family Foundation in San Diego, California, and invited their daughters, and later their two sons-in-law, to serve on the board.

But they all agreed that they wanted their foundation to break new ground in philanthropy; and once again, the norms of the family culture prevailed. Joe had taken risks in building his business and wanted the foundation to do the same in philanthropy. The Jacobs Family Foundation has had many successes as well as its share of disappointments. In sticking its neck out, it has made mistakes and misjudged the capacity of certain individuals for leadership.

But what some families might regard as failures, the Jacobs see as valuable lessons. Undaunted, they are confident they are on the right track. All families have traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. In the past, when the extended family all lived in one place, traditions were built into the routines of daily life and kept alive by family elders. As family branches diverged and the elders died, the traditions often died with them.

With family members scattered around the country, families now have to work hard to create and maintain their traditions. For one family branch of the clan whose members want to meet more regularly, there is also an annual weekend gathering every summer, which nearly half the family attends.

To keep track of this large family, he prints and distributes a clan telephone directory, which he updates annually. Several trustees interviewed for this guide mentioned traditional summer gathering places where the family comes together for fun and relaxation, usually at the summer home of the grandparents or at a family camp.

It was through childhood experiences of those places, some say, that they first developed the sense of belonging to something larger than their immediate family. For years, for example, the Pardoe family has maintained a family farm in New Hampshire. Purchased in , the farm had been continually occupied by family members until the death of the family matriarch, Helen Pardoe, in Now the ownership and management of the farm have passed to the younger generation.

Although younger family members live on both coasts, they still regard the farm as their symbolic family home. The farm symbolizes the values my grandmother lived by and passed on to us about the importance of a tight-knit family, hard work and positive attitudes. The farm continues to be a family gathering place, and because the current owners of the farm are also the directors of the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation in Washington, DC, at least one of the foundation's meetings is held there annually.

Not all traditions are formal practices or celebrations; some are customary ways of doing things that go unquestioned. Foundations that do not have private offices, for example, often hold meetings in the home of the family elders the traditional meeting place. Similarly, families with a tradition of vesting authority for business and investment decisions exclusively in the hands of the men in the family or the family elders generally set up a similar hierarchy in the foundation.

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Choices and Constraints in Family Life

Sociology of the family is a subfield of the subject of sociology , in which researchers and academics evaluate family structure as a social institution and unit of socialization from various sociological perspectives. It is usually included in the general education of tertiary curriculum, since it is usually an illustrative example of patterned social relations and group dynamics. One of the best known sources for gathering both historical and contemporary data on families is the national census survey.

Historically, few of the philosophers who defended justice in the public political realm argued for just family structures. Instead, most viewed the family as a separate realm that needed to be protected from state intrusion. The private sphere and the public sphere were dichotomized into separate realms with the latter beyond the reach of public action. Where these philosophers did not legitimate private power in the family, they simply ignored it. John Stuart Mill was a notable exception, arguing in The Subjection of Women , that the inequality of women in the family was incompatible with their equality in the wider social world.

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    Aimed at second- and third-year courses, the third edition of Choices and Constraints in Family Life is a concise yet comprehensive introduction.

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