About the FBC Foundation

The Foundation was created to encourage the personal and professional development of competent Family business consultants.  We think effective consultants should be skilled at understanding both the emotional dimensions as well as the business and organizational aspects of families working together.

The Foundation will provide financial support for the education and training of individuals who advise family businesses as well as financial support to institutions that provide education and training to both family business advisors and aspiring family business advisors.

The Fitzpatrick & Francis Family Business Continuity Foundation received its 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status on March 26, 2007.  The Foundation's tax id # is 20-5171207.  Tax exempt donations to the Foundation may be sent to: P.O. Box 4815, Topeka, KS 66604.



jack_thumb.jpgJack Fitzpatrick, PhD
Jack Fitspatrick is the President of the Foundation.  He was born in Plattsburgh, New York, graduated from Georgetown University, earned a masters degree from UCLA and holds a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.  He was trained as a psychoanalyst and family therapist at the Menninger Clinic. He has been a business consultant since 1980.  He was director of Consultation Services at the Menninger  Leadership Center for seven years prior to co-founding the Family Business Resource Center in April of 1989 with his wife, Anne E. Francis.  

The Family Business Resource Center helps family-owned businesses plan for an orderly and effective succession transition, set up family meetings, develop the right strategies to compete profitably in the future, develop new leadership, and solidify governance issues. It also provides team building  and executive development  consultations.

Jack was a member of the board of directors of Third Federal Savings and Loan Association of Cleveland (TFSL) for four and a half years and currently is a director of The Robb Company in Topeka.

Jack has three daughters and three grandsons. Jack and his wife, Anne, reside in Topeka, Kansas.  Jack can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 785-273-8500.


anne_francis.jpgAnne Francis, PhD

Anne Francis graduated from Kansas State University, earned a masters degree from Kansas University, holds a doctorate from Kansas State University and received postgraduate training at Georgetown University. She was Program Director at the Menninger Community Service Office and social work training supervisor for thirteen years. She was director of the Menninger Employee Assistance Programs and worked in the Menninger Leadership Center before co-founding the Family Business Resource Center in April of 1989 with her husband, Jack Fitzpatrick.

Anne is the author of The Daughter Also Rises: How Women Overcome Obstacles and Advance in the Family-Owned Business. (Click here for more information.) She has a daughter, two stepdaughters, and three grandsons.  Anne can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-273-8595.

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