Client Stories
An inside look at some of Foundation Source's
clients and their philanthropy.
About Our Clients

There's an oft-repeated saying in the philanthropic sector: "When you've seen one foundation, you've seen one foundation." That's because every foundation has its own unique approach to making the world a better place.


At Foundation Source, we see this first-hand among our more than 1,100 private foundation clients.


Who Are They?


Some of our client foundations are endowed with hundreds of millions of dollars; others have a few hundred thousand. Some client foundations are the province of a single donor; others engage entire families, spanning many generations. Some focus their giving on a single cause; others spread their donations across many worthy giving areas.
Despite these many differences, there's an emerging thread that connects the majority of today's philanthropists; they want more from their philanthropy. They look for greater impact and deeper engagement with their families. And they expect to see impact today, not at the end of their lives.


For these reasons, many have chosen the private foundation as their charitable vehicle, for the flexibility, versatility and control that only a private foundation offers, but with a difference.

Helping Adults with Autism and Their Animal Companions

Peter Emch of Huddleston, Virginia, started his foundation in 2007 to support the autistic community and animal sheltering. He and his wife, Merope Pavlides, share a commitment to family and a love of animals. Before they had children, including a son with autistic spectrum disorder, their family consisted of a pack of three dogs. “After I retired, we wanted to find a way to give back to both endeavors,” Peter recalls. “I wanted to leave something lasting for our kids and I realized that a foundation would be a good way to accomplish my goal.”

An Ophthalmologist Finds His Blind Spot and Helps Heal a Nation’s Heartbreak

In the late 80s, Dr. Richard Boas, 63, became the adoptive parent of a girl born in Korea. Almost 20 years later, he accompanied the staff of the adoption agency he had worked with on a trip to Korea. It was a trip that would transform him. “By training, I’m an ophthalmologist who specialized in treating glaucoma. On that trip, I found my own blind spot and resolved to do what I could to help Koreans address their own blind spot to mothers giving up their children."

Murphy Family Foundation

The Challenge

For years after the establishment of the Murphy Family Foundation in 1986, its administrators had to deal with a time-consuming round robin of paperwork. They would receive written proposals, review them and pass them on to the foundation’s trustees for their review. Only then would the trustees meet to discuss the grant request. Often, the trustees would want to refer back to previous requests from one organization or another to see if changing circumstances warranted a different decision from the past. But it became increasingly difficult to keep all the information for each grant request readily available.

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