On the Phone With

Each month, we share a short audio conversation with family philanthropists and leaders from around the country. Have a suggestion for a future individual for us to profile? Send your ideas to jason@ncfp.org.


March 2011: Barbara Greenberg

Barbara Greenberg is an advisor to the Benedict Foundation, whose mission is to create aging-friendly neighborhoods and actively engage older people in their communities, with special attention to the City of Yonkers.

March 2011: Dan Bader

Dan Bader is the president of The Helen Bader Foundation, which seeks to develop innovative solutions for the challenges posed by Alzheimer's disease, as well as in how Americans view growing older and the later stages of life.

Carrie Avery.jpg January 2011: Carrie Avery

In October 2010, the National Center's Board elected Carrie Avery as the new chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Carrie is the President of the Durfee Foundation, a family foundation based in Los Angeles.

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December 2010: Mary Mountcastle

Mary is the immediate past Board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She is a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in North Carolina, a former board member of the Triangle Community Foundation in Raleigh, and a Senior Fellow at Self-Help.


October 2010: Alice Buhl

Alice is Senior Fellow to the National Center for Family Philanthropy and our Board of Directors and led the development of our “Pursuit of Excellence” assessment process. She has been a frequent contributor to National Center publications, including as author of the feature article for this month’s issue of Family Giving News.
  September 2010: The Self Family Foundation

Since 1942, the Self Family Foundation has distributed over $60 million in grants to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Greenwood and the state of South Carolina.
  August 2010: Bob Friedman

Robert Friedman is the general counsel, founder and chair of CFED, and serves as a board member of the Friedman Family Foundation, Levi Strauss & Co., the Rosenberg Foundation, and Ecotrust. 
  July 2010: Shirley Fredricks

Shirley Fredricks is a trustee and former executive director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation in Los Angeles. Over the past 20 years, Shirley has been deeply engaged in virtually every important movement in the country to educate and inspire family foundation trustees and next generation family members.



There are more than 38,000 family foundations in the United States.  In 2008, they collectively held more than $247 billion in assets and gave away more than $19 billion in grants.

Source:  The Foundation Center