In a welcome letter, our new President and CEO shares his reflections on the state of the sector and the future of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. We invite you to read the letter in full and share your thoughts in this brief survey.
Dear Community Members and Friends:
As I begin my tenure with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, I am inspired by what lies ahead. Much of my time over the last few months has been spent imagining the future; however, this transition has also afforded me a unique and powerful opportunity: to pause and reflect. It is not often that we are presented with such an occasion—to question how we arrived at this moment and what it means for the future.
One of the greatest privileges of my professional career has been the gracious invitation to sit alongside inspired families as they explore their commitment to give back. It has been an enlightening and overwhelmingly positive experience; yet, in conducting countless meetings of this kind, something unexpected has emerged—the realization that well-intentioned givers often do not have the tools and resources needed to navigate the complex journey of philanthropy. The same pronouncements are made time and time again: “I don’t know what I don’t know; I haven’t been able to find a community; the process is complicated and unclear; I am not convinced giving makes a difference.” These exclamations represent a sector in its infancy, and one of great possibility…
Read the letter in full here.