Our team is experienced in:

  • foundation start-up
    and operations
  • next generation
  • governance
  • areas of grantmaking including arts, education, social services, spirituality, leadership conducting research

FPA also manages several consultants with specific expertise and engages them on behalf of our clients, as needed.

FPA was founded in 1999 by Diane Neimann. In 2008, Teresa Bonner and long-term FPA employee Ellen George acquired the firm.

Ellen George

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Ellen George is a Principal in Family Philanthropy Advisors, overseeing the financial and administrative management of FPA as well as providing consultative and management services to its clients. Ellen has over 20 years of experience in philanthropy, foundation operations and wealth management.

During her tenure at FPA, Ellen has developed and managed a wide variety of educational seminars, events and meetings for audiences of up to 1,000 people. Over the past 15 years, Ellen has managed operations and programs for grantmaking foundations ranging in size from $4 million to $60 million, and provided management services to an operating foundation which invested over $35 million in the field of health care. Additionally, she has expertise in wealth management, next generation training, intergenerational transfer and family enterprise strategies.

Prior to joining Family Philanthropy Advisors in 1999, Ellen was a Client Advisor at a wealth management firm providing integrated financial and philanthropic services to families. Ellen specialized in next generation issues in the financial and philanthropic areas and was a key planner for client, next generation and women of wealth educational programs and family retreats. 

Ellen has served as Co-Chair and Treasurer of the Community Capital Alliance, a non-profit organization that focuses on creating community leaders for the future through philanthropic work. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota and is a member of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Association of Small Foundations.  

Ellen graduated magna cum laude in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management from The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 1996. 

Ellen lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children. In her free-time, Ellen and her family can be found on the ski slopes in the winter and on the lake in the summer.