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.


The first recorded mention of the word from which "philanthropy" is derived occurs in the play Prometheus Bound, written around 430 BCE by the Greek tragedian Aeschylus.  It refers to the Titan Prometheus' "love of humanity" that drove him to steal fire from the gods and give it to humans.