Who We Are

We understand families, and we know philanthropy

Whether you're seeking straightforward answers, guidance in complex situations, or connections with like-minded philanthropists, you’ll find expert advice, essential tools and extensive networks through the National Center for Family Philanthropy.

The National Center was founded in response to the need for a full-time national resource dedicated to serving the needs of families in philanthropy. With extensive expertise in governance, grantmaking, planning, evaluation, and more, we are positioned to help emerging philanthropists and mature foundations improve their work and expand their effectiveness.


The mission of the National Center for Family Philanthropy is to promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of philanthropists and their families.

The National Center’s work is based on our fundamental belief in the value of philanthropy and the ongoing participation of the donor and the donor’s family.


Meet the National Center’s staff, which has100 years of combined experience in the field of philanthropy.

The National Center's Board of Directors represents a broad range of leaders in the field of family philanthropy. Included are family foundation donors and trustees, community foundation donors and staff, board members, advisors, and consultants to family philanthropies.