Industry Updates

19 January 2024

Family Office Education: Where To Upskill Your Team?

To keep up with constantly shifting traditional markets like real estate and equities as well as emerging asset classes like NFTs and cryptocurrencies, many family offices have recognised the importance of investing in their people’s targeted education. In this article, we list some of the best business school offerings designed to help family office executives skill up.

Family office (FO) leaders have diverse responsibilities, overseeing the operations of the office and handling the complexities of wealth management. They also provide guidance to the next generation on entering the family business. Recognizing this need, a number of top business schools have developed specialised programs to meet the educational needs of family officers:


IMD Business School: Leading the Family Office

IMD’s three-day course, Leading The Family Office, is offered twice per year at the institution’s campuses in Switzerland (June) and Singapore (October). The course content covers an introduction to the family office landscape, identifying trends and outlooks, asset allocation, wealth management, impact investing, and effective governance. This programme is open exclusively to family members of existing single family offices or families who might be considering – or are in the process of – setting one up for their personal wealth management needs. “Families are struggling to identify their own aspirations when it comes to a family office, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach here, but there are attempts to create a dedicated certification programme for family officers, trying to bring some structure to the field,” says Peter Vogel, Director of the Global Family Business Centre and Professor of Family Business at IMD, to Forbes.


Harvard Business School: Family Office Wealth Management

This three-day, in-person programme held at Harvard Business School’s campus in Boston helps FO professionals navigate their investment allocations in an ever-changing financial landscape. It provides deeper knowledge of office governance and wealth management, networking strategies, philanthropic investing, and intergenerational wealth transfer solutions. It also covers the development and execution of effective networking strategies and relationship management. While the programme is open to anyone, it is primarily aimed at individuals who are directly involved with the planning and execution of a FO portfolio. 


Pepperdine Graziadio Business School: Financial Management for the Family Office

This two-and-a-half-day programme explores key topics in wealth management like philanthropic investing, FO governance, taxation and accounting, risk management, asset allocation, real estate investing, and multi-generational wealth management. It takes place at the institution’s Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu, California, and is designed for executives of both single as well as multi-family offices. That being said, any advisors of high net worth individuals or such individuals themselves are welcome. All participants have the possibility to network one-on-one with industry experts and peers to discuss issues faced by family offices. The programme is taught by leading Pepperdine Graziadio academics and top industry professionals who explain various opportunities, discuss current issues, and review best practices.


Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management: The Single Family Office

How can you align the goals of a family office with the goals of its clients and stakeholders? How can your FO build and strengthen clients’ trust? This executive education course provides answers by focusing on the leadership skills for managing the complex, high-stakes environment of the FOs. “Challenging, often subtle family dynamics, sensitive communications, and interlinked governance structures all contribute to the complexity of family offices. This programme focuses squarely on the management, planning, and governance skills family office leaders must master and manage,” writes the school on its webpage. The main objectives of the course are to help participants align FO operations with its goals, promote trust among stakeholders, and develop effective succession strategies.


The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Global Family Alliance

The first programme of its kind, the Wharton Global Family Alliance (GFA) was established in 2004. As a family business-academic partnership, it regularly publishes industry reports and offers a diverse selection of full-time degree and non-degree programmes designed to help high net worth families and family firms grow on the global stage and manage their impact on society. The GFA also holds an annual Family Office Roundtable as a forum for inter-family knowledge transfer.


HEC Business School: Governance and Management of Family Businesses 

This in-person, two-week executive education programme held at the HEC Business School campus in Paris focuses on family business governance. The objectives of this course include providing participants with industry-standard skills around corporate administration and ensuring smooth wealth transfers between generations. The programme – which offers a blend of theory and practical, hands-on role playing –  is designed primarily for current or future directors, stakeholders, board members, and non-family CEOs of family-run enterprises.

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18 January 2024

Connecting Generations In Philanthropy

Connecting Generations
Philanthropy has always played a crucial role in shaping communities and driving positive change. As time rolls on, each generation’s philanthropic priorities and approach to giving evolve. Understanding these differences and bridging the gap between older and younger generations is crucial for nonprofits to grow their supporter base and drive meaningful change.
Connecting Generations

The Silent Generation and Baby Boomers: Laying the Foundation

The Silent Generation, born between the 1920s and 1940s, have contributed discreetly to philanthropy, focusing on traditional institutions and local initiatives for community stability. Their discreet giving has had a lasting impact and laid the foundation for philanthropy as we know it.

In contrast, the Baby Boomers, born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s, brought a dynamic energy to philanthropy. They have pursued larger initiatives to challenge the status quo, have opted for more public and visible giving, and have supported established nonprofits with proven track records.


Generation X: Pragmatism and Innovation

Gen Xers, born between the mid-1960s and early 1980s, have ushered in an era of pragmatism and innovation in philanthropy. Amidst rapid advances in technology, they have embraced new ways of giving and leveraged digital platforms to maximise their impact. Gen X donors have been strategic in their giving, emphasising efficiency and measurable results. They pioneered the concept of “venture philanthropy,” seeking not only to give but also create lasting systemic change through strategic investments in social causes.


Millennials and Generation Z: Purpose-Driven Engagement

Millennials, born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s, are driving a shift toward purpose-driven philanthropy, emphasising hands-on involvement, transparency, and the use of technology for global impact. Their passion extends beyond financial contributions, incorporating crowdfunding and social media advocacy to support a wide range of causes.

Generation Z, born in the late 1990s to early 2010s, follows suit with a focus on activism and grassroots movements. Younger generations also tend to combine charitable giving with their entrepreneurial goals, such as funding startups in the environmental or health care sectors.


Online to Offline: Social Moments for Generational Harmony

Social media has significantly increased the societal influence of Millennials and Gen-Z, empowering them to create movements and advocate for causes. Charitable organisations can take advantage of this by adapting their engagement strategies to attract a new generation of philanthropists. 

To bridge the generational divide, many successful nonprofits aim to create dynamic and interactive “social moments” that align with the values of younger donors while also meeting the expectations of older generations. These moments can consist of both online and offline experiences, such as virtual meet-ups for networking and cooperation, community service projects for multigenerational collaboration, and events that celebrate diversity and cultural appreciation. 


Innovative Collaboration: Joining Forces with Brands

Nonprofits can also bridge generational gaps in philanthropy by forming strategic partnerships with brands, corporations, and mission-aligned organisations. Alignment with forward-thinking tech companies or socially conscious fashion brands, for example, can extend the impact and reach of initiatives. Partnerships tailored to resonate with younger demographics can build meaningful connections, engage new audiences, and diversify funding sources. Such forms of collaboration enhance credibility and trustworthiness, fostering a sense of unity and purpose across generations.


Leading with Empathy: Creating Bonds across Generations

Empathy is a powerful tool for bridging generational gaps. Leading with empathy helps establish deep connections with both younger and older generations through an understanding of their perspectives and concerns.

When engaging with younger donors, prioritise open communication, active listening, and adaptability. Demonstrating empathy and showcasing tangible impacts inspire effective engagement. Communicating consistently and transparently around progress and shared organisational objectives fosters trust and ownership. Recognising diverse communication preferences allows tailored interactions among teams and stakeholders.


The Power of Unity: Capitalising on Generational Strengths in Philanthropy

The demographic divide in philanthropy represents an opportunity for significant growth, innovation, and collective impact. Charitable organisations can capitalise on this potential by fostering intergenerational unity and creating a holistic and inclusive approach to philanthropy that leverages the strengths of both young and older supporters. To do so, nonprofits should identify and embrace the transformations in giving that inevitably come with generational shifts. By creating an environment where younger and older generations can find common ground and share a philanthropic vision, nonprofits can harness the collective power of different age groups to make a lasting impact on the causes they serve.

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18 January 2024

In The Know: Family Office Concierge Services

Family Office Concierge
When wealth owners achieve financial success with their family office, they may seek additional support from it in improving other aspects of their personal lives. Here we explain why some wealth owners make such requests and provide two recommendations for family officers considering meeting them.
Family Office Concierge

Requests To Move Beyond Traditional Wealth Management

Every family office’s core capability lies in managing large portfolios of private assets. By helping wealth owners reach their financial goals, a family office adds value primarily through satisfying their clients that their financial affairs are in perfect order. The key aim is to preserve and increase wealth. Everything revolves around figures, data, and facts. The focus is on business and financial issues, e.g. cash flow, optimising profitability and limiting risks and costs when investing in assets. Success is likewise defined in terms of achieving numerical performance thresholds. 

A track record of objective financial wins with a family office may, however, prompt wealth owners to look to the same family office for concierge or convenience services with rather more subjective goals regarding their personal lives.

In many ways, such requests can be natural and well-reasoned. Many wealth owners are – or at least think like – successful entrepreneurs. They look to free up their own resources by delegating responsibilities to committed, professional, and loyal associates. By achieving financial targets, successful family offices – especially those with a long-standing alliance with a wealth owner – have demonstrated that they are likely to be worthy of trust regarding other aspects of the wealth owner’s life.    

Trust, Loyalty, and Freedom

The typical wealth owner has a busy personal life full of time-consuming tasks that he or she may feel are unmanageable or simply not worthwhile in comparison to hobbies or leisure activities. 

Handing such tasks over to someone else has nothing to do with status symbolism, outdated aristocratic behaviour patterns, or any other aspects of the glamorous world of the ultra-wealthy that the press likes to portray. Rather, it is about trust and loyalty and the well-deserved freedom they can bring to a wealthy family.

When a family office takes on such responsibilities, it provides what are commonly referred to as concierge or convenience services that blur the boundaries of the traditional financial services world.

Recommendation: Allocate Family Office Resources Wisely

While often coming as a relief to family members, a family office’s agreement to take on certain tasks related to their private lives may not always lead to optimal results. Family office staff may not have the qualifications or know-how to handle certain highly-personalised requirements, and their attempts to do so may drain time and attention away from their fundamental responsibilities as wealth managers.

When considering a request to provide a particular type of concierge service, weigh up the costs and benefits of providing it yourself. There is a decent chance that an external service provider could handle it more effectively, more cost-efficiently, and at a higher standard. 

Recommendation: Digitally Streamline Your Core Business Processes before Providing Convenience Services

Your family office team members will be unlikely to have the time to properly provide convenience services if they are relying on manual work processes, archaic tools, and disconnected systems to handle your clients’ increasingly intricate financial affairs.

Partnership accounting, real estate asset management, cryptocurrency portfolio administration, and oversight of the values of collections of other collectibles, for example, are all immensely time-consuming when associated data must be duplicated and entered across multiple systems, reconciled, and consolidated for reporting and analysis in spreadsheets.

Modern technology able to improve the business processes behind such work is commonplace in many industries, but many family offices have been slow to adopt it. If you have been sitting on the sidelines in this respect, it is not time to think about providing concierge services. It is time to digitally button up your workflows. Otherwise, you will likely face long reporting delays, a high probability of data errors, having less time available to spend providing clients with the superior advice and counsel they expect above all else, and ultimately irate family members dissatisfied with what they perceive as your lack of transparency and your poor back-office operations.

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It also provides on-demand insights regarding bankable and non-bankable assets, including alternative investments like NFTs and cryptocurrencies, and transparency regarding every aspect of a family’s wealth. Altoo has been named among Forbes’ top providers of family office management software for three years running. Rooted in the Swiss banking tradition, Altoo does the heavy lifting for single-family offices when it comes to wealth data consolidation and management, freeing up resources and helping single-family offices make strategic decisions based on accurate reporting in an easy-to-use dashboard. 

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16 January 2024

The Great Wealth Transfer: What Financial Advisors Should Keep In Mind

Projections of the value of the personal assets set to change hands during the so-called Great Wealth Transfer have risen from US $129 trillion from $72 trillion. More significantly, or perhaps alarmingly, are expectations that up to 88% of heirs to this wealth will fire or replace their parents’ financial advisors. How can you position yourself to keep serving the next generation of their clients? Read on for our top three recommendations.

The large holdings your wealthy boomer clients have accumulated have come in large part thanks to your hard work. These portfolios are something to be proud of – but are at significant risk of vanishing from your practice when your older clients pass on their assets to family members, charities, or other beneficiaries. 

01 Invest in Digital Capabilities 

With the right digital capabilities in place, you can step up and play a key role in quarterbacking all your clients’ wealth transfer processes. Recent advances in technology like AI and automation have made gaining these capabilities – and adding trust and estate administration services to your practice – easier than ever. 

Minimising administrative burdens via document automation is one of the best ways you can streamline estate proceedings while simultaneously showing younger clients that you are keeping up with the times. For example, one of the duties of every fiduciary administering a trust or estate is to inform beneficiaries of the current value of the account. Instead of asking family members to collect and submit monthly bank and brokerage statements, you can rely on a digital wealth management solution to automatically pull all necessary data and present it in intuitive dashboards, thereby dramatically reducing the number of hours billable to an estate.

Having the right tools and technologies in place is a game changer for everyone: your firm, your advisors, your existing clients, and your future clients. Make it a priority to invest in technologies that make it easier for all stakeholders to access and manage critical data and documents, and do not forget that mobile experiences matter – especially to younger clients. 

02 Rely on Digitally-Savvy Advisors

Today’s wealthy individuals of all ages expect their financial service providers to provide better digital experiences than ever. Successful financial advisors know it – and are looking for ways to meet such expectations. According to a report from Deloitte, a survey found that 51% of financial advisors were considering switching to a firm with better tech tools.

As the leader of a financial advisory firm, it is imperative to take a step back and realign your business values around meeting the goals of the next generation. Focus on continuously evaluating your business processes, communication channels, engagement and service models, and human resources. 

Your most digitally-savvy colleagues – likely members of the same generation as your younger clients – will likely be a key asset here. Involve them early and often, and consider bringing in more team members like them to ensure that you have the right staff and advisors in place to effectively engage with younger clients.

03 Involve the Entire Family in Discussions

An intergenerational continuity plan, including a detailed roadmap for managing and transferring wealth that aligns with a family’s goals and objectives, often plays a key role in ensuring smooth changes in intrafamilial wealth ownership.

Transparent family communications are among advisors’ most helpful tools when it comes to creating and executing such a plan. Properly conducted family meetings create a platform for family members to participate in discussions about shared goals and values, transfer strategies, legacy and estate management, family assets and wealth, and more.

The Great Wealth Transfer is already underway. With it comes significant opportunities for you to put your firm at the centre of your clients’ estate administration process and highlight your associated digital capabilities. Make the most of these opportunities!

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The Top Four Family Office Use Cases For AI

Family Office AI
Wealthy families and their advisors face the challenge of handling complex information from diverse sources, including investment managers, lawyers, and accountants. Artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a powerful ally, aiding in extracting valuable insights from this information overload and facilitating clear communication within family offices. Below we outline the top four family office use cases for AI and what to remember when embracing them.
Family Office AI

Investment Decision-Making

One of the primary areas where family offices are leveraging AI is in investment decision-making. AI algorithms can analyse vast amounts of financial data, identify patterns, and predict market trends with a level of precision that human analysts may struggle to achieve. Machine learning models can process historical data, market indicators, and macroeconomic trends to generate insights that inform strategic investment decisions. This not only enhances the efficiency of the decision-making process but also helps in minimising risks and maximising returns.

Portfolio Management

AI plays a pivotal role in portfolio management, providing family offices with real-time analytics and automated solutions. By continuously monitoring market conditions and adjusting portfolios accordingly, AI-driven tools can optimise asset allocations, ensuring that investments align with the family’s financial goals and risk tolerance. This dynamic approach enables family offices to adapt swiftly to changing market dynamics, ultimately enhancing the overall performance of their investment portfolios.

Risk Management

Mitigating risk is a paramount concern for family offices, and AI offers advanced tools to address this challenge. Machine learning algorithms can assess and quantify various types of risks, including market volatility, geopolitical events, and sector-specific risks. By incorporating AI into risk management strategies, family offices can implement more effective risk mitigation measures, thereby safeguarding the family’s wealth against unforeseen challenges.

Estate Planning and Tax Optimisation

AI also proves invaluable in the realms of estate planning and tax optimization. With complex tax codes and regulations constantly evolving, AI-powered tools can keep family offices abreast of changes and suggest optimal strategies for tax efficiency. Moreover, AI can assist in managing and optimising estate planning processes, ensuring a seamless transfer of wealth across generations while minimising tax implications.

Challenges and Considerations

While the integration of AI brings numerous benefits to family offices, it is not without challenges. Data security, ethical considerations, and the potential for algorithmic biases are critical issues that demand careful attention. Bear in mind that regulators are often moving one or more steps behind AI developers, who have a reputation for innovating first and asking legal questions later. 

Perhaps most importantly: remember that while AI can replicate human thought patterns, it is unable to create the personal relationships and connections that are at the heart of successful family offices. Family offices must strike a balance between embracing technological innovation and maintaining the human touch that is crucial for understanding the nuanced preferences and values of the families they serve.

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How To Measure The ROI For New Technology Investments

Return On Investment
Return on investment (ROI) is the profit earned on an investment divided by the cost of that investment. Although this calculation fails to directly account for the time value of money – an important consideration as some investments take longer to return profits than others – it offers a quick, useful way to estimate the future success of a given project. How can you apply this concept when evaluating potential investments into new technology? What factors should you bear in mind? Here we outline our suggestions.
Return On Investment

As a wealth manager or family officer, you may not view technology as your core competency. Evaluating how successful an investment into a new digital solution may therefore seem daunting. There is, however, a well-respected process for doing so that you can be confident adopting: 


01 Define the Problem

Before making a decision to invest in a new technology, put some time into developing a plan. In particular, seek to understand your biggest problems to solve. The more clearly you define these challenges, the easier it will be to choose a technology to overcome them. Remember that one tool will be unlikely to solve all your problems; therefore you should prioritise your worst pain points and determine which solution’s features and functions are the best fit. 


02 Create a Plan with a Timeframe

To create a good technology roadmap, you first need to understand not only your current situation but also your future goals. External consultants with fresh perspectives can help you see the big picture here, including factors someone inside your business might be likely to miss.  

Next, set a realistic timeframe adjusted to your unique circumstances. In IT hardware projects, a three-year time frame is commonly used when calculating ROI. After three years, the hardware is often considered outdated. Investments in software, on the other hand, typically involve lower upfront costs that can be spread out over months or years. Pick an implementation timeframe and purchasing structure that is relevant to the investment you are evaluating.


03 Be Realistic

Your roadmap should reflect your firm’s priorities. Prioritisation should be given to solving problems that are the biggest barriers to achieving your business goals. Do not simply look for the cheapest or easiest solutions. 

A realistic plan should factor in your available resources and any system interdependencies. Also, your plan should be flexible and allow for possible changes. Set a strategic direction with priorities, but understand that they may change over time as more information becomes available.


04 Be Consistent

Your ROI calculation methodology should be consistently applied across all comparable projects or investments. Consistency is also key to the assumptions behind your ROI calculations. For example, the treatment of inflation and taxation should be the same in all calculations. 

Accuracy is necessary, but do not overdo it. For instance, in large-scale projects, rounding to even numbers is a good idea as small differences in results may imply accuracy that does not in fact exist. At the same time, avoid adjusting the results of your calculations too much lest they be considered unrealistic. 


05 Define Your Goal and Success 

Before embarking on a major technology investment, you should not only define your goal but also how your success in achieving this goal will be measured. Doing so may require you to dig deep into aspects of your finances that are otherwise rarely considered. For example, the total cost of ownership – including maintenance costs – of an existing solution may be an important benchmark when calculating the ROI of potential upgrades.Set realistic, quantifiable goals for your project and hold yourself and your people accountable for reaching them.

In short, proper ROI analysis is about more than simply looking at costs. It also involves understanding how the choice to change or purchase technological solutions will impact your business, employees, customers, and end users. With all these factors under consideration, you can confidently make strategic, well-informed decisions to drive a positive ROI.

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Exclusive Private Members Clubs In Germany

In Germany, several prestigious private membership clubs have been part of the business landscape for decades. These clubs have become legendary in their own right, providing platforms for influential figures to make speeches, initiate business deals and cultivate valuable relationships. In this article, we enter the world of Germany's exclusive business clubs and evaluate their importance in today's business environment.

The Industrieclub Düsseldorf: A Legacy of Excellence

Founded in 1912, the Industrieclub Düsseldorf is the oldest and most elite business club in Germany. It has a rich history of hosting influential figures and fostering connections among its 1,200 members, including the heads of DAX-listed companies such as Eon, Henkel and Thyssen-Krupp. The club’s opulent headquarters, located in the heart of Düsseldorf, is a testament to its legacy. The Steigenberger Park-Hotel, also owned by the club, further solidifies its status in the city.

Membership in the Industrieclub Düsseldorf is highly desirable, with more applications for membership than seats available. The club’s exclusivity adds to its appeal, with an annual membership fee of 450 euros. Admission to the club is selective, requiring three long-time members to recommend and sponsor potential new members. Admission decisions are made by the board and require a unanimous vote. The club seeks individuals who not only excel in their professional fields but also embody the values of openness, tolerance, and responsibility.

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The Überseeclub Hamburg: A Hanseatic Gathering Place

Situated in a prime location on Jungfernstieg boulevard, the Überseeclub Hamburg is a grand establishment that exudes Hanseatic restraint. The historic club, located in the 19th century Amsinck House, offers its 2,300 members a discreet and prestigious environment in which to meet and engage in meaningful discussions. The club’s commitment to maintaining an intimate atmosphere is evident in its entrance, tucked away in a side street, and its strict dress code.

The Überseeclub Hamburg is known for its diverse range of events and lectures on a wide variety of intellectual and business topics. The club also serves as a place for confidential meetings, with its elegant salons and club rooms providing a discreet setting for business partners and clients.

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The Frankfurt Society: A Hub of Trade, Industry, and Science

Founded in 1919, the Frankfurt Society for Trade, Industry and Science has established itself as a secretive and exclusive club. With a limited membership of 600 individuals, the society prides itself on the elite status of its members. Notable members include Josef Ackermann, Friedrich von Metzler, and Petra Roth, the former mayor of Frankfurt. The society’s headquarters, Villa Bonn, epitomizes its upper-class status and serves as a venue for various events and lectures.

The Frankfurt Society’s focus extends beyond the financial industry, as evidenced by its diverse range of lectures. Topics such as responsible business conduct demonstrate the Society’s commitment to fostering intellectual discussion across various fields. Villa Bonn, with its grand halls and salons, can also be rented for private events, further solidifying its status as one of Frankfurt’s premier venues.


The Munich Gentlemen’s Club: A Tradition of Aristocracy

Unlike the other clubs, the Munich Gentlemen’s Club maintains a strict policy of excluding women from membership. Founded in 1851, the club has a strong aristocratic presence, with many members holding noble titles. While the club’s history was interrupted during World War II, it was re-established in 1973 and is currently housed in the Haus der Bayrischen Wirtschaft.

The Munich Gentlemen’s Club prides itself on being a “friendship club” that provides a space for carefree socialising and open discussion. Club events cover a wide range of topics, from German foreign policy to the traditions and innovations of the Bayreuth Festival. The emphasis on personal relationships and the absence of a strictly business environment sets the club apart from newer business clubs.

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Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, is fast gaining traction as a notable financial hub in Germany. The city’s economic landscape is becoming a focal point of interest due to its pro-business policies, diverse industry base, and strategic location in Europe’s most heavily populated region. The rich financial ecosystem of Düsseldorf is not just a magnet for international investments but also a locale that aligns well with the refined lifestyle preferences of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) and high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).

12 January 2024

Is Cryptophilanthropy The future Of Giving?

As digitalisation reshapes the global economy, a trend of so-called crypto philanthropy has emerged. Involving cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, this innovative concept provides a borderless and bureaucracy-free alternative to traditional philanthropy and is poised to take on a powerful role in charitable giving.

As the adoption of cryptocurrencies continues to rise, a growing number of charitable organisations are embracing digital assets as a fundraising tool. Tech-savvy donors are also beginning to recognize the advantages of giving crypto over cash. 


The Appeal of Crypto Philanthropy

Crypto philanthropy offers global inclusivity, overcoming geographical constraints and democratising giving across borders. Powered by blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies ensure transparency via  publicly logged transactions that build trust between donors and nonprofits. This transparency enables contributors to verify the real-time impact of their donations. Moreover, crypto philanthropy often involves significant tax advantages, such as capital gains tax exemptions for cryptocurrency donations and deductions from the donor’s overall gross income. Offering crypto donation options often serves as a powerful way for nonprofits to bring donors on board. 


Increasing Number of Nonprofits Accepting Crypto

The growth of crypto philanthropy is evident in the increasing number of nonprofits embracing cryptocurrencies as a fundraising tool. In 2022, more organisations than ever joined platforms like The Giving Block, a leading crypto philanthropy platform. This surge in participation reflects growing interest and trust in crypto giving. Nonprofits of all sizes, from grassroots initiatives to established charitable organisations, are recognizing the potential of cryptocurrencies to drive their mission-driven initiatives forward.


Crypto Philanthropy’s Outperformance

When comparing the rise of crypto philanthropy to overall crypto market dynamics, it becomes clear that crypto giving has consistently outpaced price growth. The Crypto Philanthropy Adoption Index (CPAI), which measures the total value of crypto donations compared to the average price of Bitcoin over time, demonstrates this trend. In 2022, crypto donors collectively gave US $172 for every dollar in Bitcoin’s market value, indicating a 41% increase compared to the previous year. This outperformance showcases the resilience and potential of crypto philanthropy.


Forecasting the Growth of Crypto Philanthropy

Based on historical data and trends, experts forecast significant growth in crypto philanthropy over the next decade. The Crypto Philanthropy Adoption Index predicts that by November 2032, crypto donations could drive US $10 billion to nonprofits. This projection, based on the expected rise in overall crypto market capitalisation, highlights the increasing influence of cryptocurrencies in the realm of charitable giving. As the acceptance and adoption of cryptocurrencies continue to expand, crypto philanthropy will likely play a significant role in shaping the future of philanthropy.


Stablecoin Donations on the Rise

As market uncertainty persists, stablecoins have gained popularity as a donation method within crypto philanthropy. Stable-value cryptocurrencies, such as USD Coin (USDC), have become the most donated cryptocurrencies, accounting for a significant portion of donation volume. Stablecoins offer stability in value, making them an attractive option for donors seeking to contribute without being impacted by the volatility of other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum.


The Rise of Web3 Philanthropy

The growth of crypto philanthropy extends beyond traditional cryptocurrencies and includes emerging trends such as NFT philanthropy and decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO) philanthropy. These innovative approaches to giving have gained traction, highlighting the versatility and adaptability of crypto philanthropy. The Web3 community, consisting of individuals passionate about blockchain technology and decentralised platforms, has come together during crises to make a meaningful impact through crypto donations.


Leading Nonprofits Embracing Crypto

The acceptance of cryptocurrencies by leading nonprofits is another significant trend in the realm of crypto philanthropy. Almost half of Forbes’ list of “America’s 100 Top Charities of 2022” now accept cryptocurrency donations, a substantial increase compared to previous years. Many of these crypto-friendly charities utilise platforms like The Giving Block to facilitate their crypto fundraising efforts. This growing acceptance of cryptocurrencies by prominent nonprofits demonstrates the increasing recognition of their value and potential contributions to the charitable sector.


Tax Literacy in Crypto Giving

Tax incentives and benefits associated with crypto donations have been instrumental in driving the growth of crypto philanthropy. Donors are often motivated to choose crypto over cash due to potential tax advantages appealing to the digitally native base of cryptocurrency users. As crypto remains one of the top-performing assets of the decade, more individuals are turning to online platforms to explore the option of giving crypto instead of traditional assets like stocks. This trend highlights the importance of tax literacy in encouraging more donors to embrace crypto philanthropy.

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11 January 2024

Top Tips For Becoming A Successful Paperless Family Office

For family offices, going paperless not only streamlines operations but also supports a more sustainable and efficient business model. Read on for our top tips on how your family office can digitalise to improve the way you manage finances and boost overall productivity.

01 Embrace Cloud-Based Solutions

Transitioning to a paperless environment starts with adopting cloud-based solutions. Storing data in secure, accessible cloud platforms not only reduces the need for physical storage but also enables real-time collaboration among team members. It’s a game-changer for family offices managing vast amounts of financial information for their high net worth clients.


02 Implement Cybersecurity Measures

With the convenience of digital comes the responsibility of safeguarding sensitive financial data. A successful paperless family office invests in modern cybersecurity measures to protect client information. From encryption to multi-factor authentication, take appropriate measures to ensure that confidential data remains secure.


03 Streamline Document Management

Implementing a comprehensive document management system not only reduces clutter but also allows for the quick retrieval of important files. Digitalising paperwork and categorising documents intelligently can save valuable time and enhance overall productivity.


04 Leverage Automation for Routine Tasks

Paperless family offices shine when it comes to the automation of routine tasks like invoice processing, expense tracking, and report generation. Implementing automation tools enhances accuracy and frees up time for strategic financial planning. This increased efficiency translates into better client service and satisfaction.


05 Foster Financial Literacy

Equip your family office with the knowledge to make informed decisions. User-friendly interfaces and educational resources empower family members and advisors with financial literacy. Cultivate a culture of financial responsibility within the family, enhancing collaboration and decision-making.


06 Stay Compliant

Navigating the complex landscape of financial regulations is crucial for family offices. Digital compliance tools help you stay abreast of changing legal requirements, ensuring that your family office can easily remain compliant with automated auditing and reporting.

Transitioning to a paperless family office is a strategic move toward efficient and secure wealth management. By investing in modern financial management software, embracing cloud technology, implementing robust security measures, and automating routine processes, your family office can achieve new heights of success in the digital age.

Remember, the journey toward a paperless family office smoother with the right tools. Explore effortless financial management with the Altoo Wealth Platform! It seamlessly integrates into your paperless workflows, providing unparalleled convenience, security, and efficiency.

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11 January 2024

Understanding Asian´s Emerging Wealth Management Landscape

Asian business founders and wealth owners are ageing, and more of them than ever are transferring their assets to younger family members in what has been dubbed the Great Asian Wealth Transfer. This trend is setting the stage for private wealth management advisers and banks to shine through comprehensive estate and legacy planning.

According to a Deutsche Bank study, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region accounts for around 42% of global wealth. With a significant portion of this wealth set to come under younger ownership, private client relationship managers must rise to a wide variety of challenges. In addition to handling the more traditional aspects of wealth management, they must navigate digital transformation, an increasing global emphasis on sustainability, and educational demands from a new generation of clients. 

Asian wealth inheritors want more than simple transactional support. They seek deep, long-term connections with advisors who understand their global ambitions and digital mindsets. Wealth managers must offer investment avenues that align with a new set of priorities around, for example, green and digital assets. 


Grandchildren Educated Abroad

Due to unique cultural and socio-economic factors, intergenerational wealth transfer is a complex topic in Asia. Many Asian ultra high net worth individuals are business founders with multi-generational households and extended family members educated or resident in other geographical regions. 

These successful Asian entrepreneurs, particularly in India and China, are now deciding how to pass down the substantial wealth they have created. They often believe it makes sense to pass it on during their lifetimes but nevertheless hesitate to do so, feeling that assets are better secured in their own hands. In total, assets worth an estimated US $2.5 trillion are expected to be transferred by 2030.

Yong Sheng Hon, a private client and tax partner of the global law firm Withers, says: “We work with some third-generation families where the grandchildren have been educated in the US and Europe and come back with a lot of ideas about ESG, venture capital, and so on. For the parents and grandparents, putting a sum into a family office is like creating another university course where they can figure out how to make money.”


ESG and Digital Investment Platforms

According to a survey conducted by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, financial advisors from Australia found that 86% of millennials indicated interest in sustainable investing and are twice as likely to invest in companies targeting social or environmental goals. This younger generation is also digitally native, with 87% of them viewing digital platforms as a crucial channel for engagement with their wealth managers.

Growing demand from wealthy young Asians for personalised financial services, in-house expertise, competitive fees, and efficient performance is prompting their advisors to leverage digital wealth platforms. Such solutions enhance advisors’ capabilities in assessing and recommending diverse investment opportunities in, for example, emerging technologies, clean energy, and cryptocurrencies. 

Along with the opportunities arising from this increased interest in alternative investment, however, come challenges. Many private banks and traditional wealth firms are waiting for tighter regulatory frameworks around new asset classes before addressing them with formal offerings. 


Family Offices, Trusts, and Foundations

Many wealthy Asian families aim to involve younger generations in managing wealth early so as to help smooth ownership transfers later on. With their younger members increasingly scattered around the globe, a growing number of these families are seeking legal structures suitable for regulatory environments spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Accordingly, a family office’s ability to provide flexible and tailored wealth management solutions has made it a popular set up for ultra high net worth Asian family leaders. Asian family offices are typically run by a board comprising carefully selected family members and professionals. Trusts and philanthropic foundations, often with parents on investment committees, are also favoured structures for helping younger family members launch ventures with oversight from experienced relatives.

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Wealth among High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) in Southeast Asia is rapidly increasing. At the same time, these wealthy individuals are altering their charitable giving practices. The global pandemic and an emphasis on social issues are major drivers of this shift. Instead of typical donating, they choose to make deliberate, impactful donations. In today's society, social problems and investment opportunities frequently coexist. Understanding new ways of giving is therefore critical, not only for society but also for sound financial planning.