Our Mission

We inspire generations of giving

The mission of the National Center for Family Philanthropy is to promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families. Our understanding and experience with the very personal act of giving ensure that these donors and their advisors have access to the highest quality information and the encouragement needed to:

  • Articulate, pursue, and achieve their charitable missions;
  • Understand and meet their governance and management needs; and
  • Have a significant, positive impact on the lives and work of those they support.
The National Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.


Most family foundations are relatively small. Over three-fifths of family foundations reported less than $1 million in assets in 2008. Nearly half (47 percent) of family foundations reported less than $50,000 in giving that same year.