Giving it away: When sweet charity turns sour

For many family businesses, philanthropy is a fundamental part of their corporate ethos, but it can also be used as a wealth management strategy or to bolster tarnished reputations.

Family businesses have tended to be at the forefront of philanthropy. Studies have shown they are consistently more generous than non-family businesses.  The Munich-based Foundation of Family Businesses, for example, found that nearly 60 per cent of family businesses support charitable activities and foundations, compared with only 44 per cent of non-family businesses.

Unlike other businesses, family businesses tend to have strong local roots and they also tend to take a more holistic approach to philanthropy, with many including their staff in their giving as well. 

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