May 2024: News and Notes from NCFP’s Members and Partners

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NCFP strives to connect its members to resources, best practices, and to peer funders. Network News highlights updates from our members and partners, showcasing accomplishments, new approaches or giving areas, innovative ideas, and staff and board transitions, and more. 

We encourage our members and parters to email us with news that you would like to be shared.

 Claire Peeps, Outgoing Executive Director of the Durfee Foundation, Reflects on Her Time in the Role 

After 28 years, Claire Peeps is leaving the Durfee Foundation along with president Carrie Avery—a transition they’ve been thoughtfully planning since 2016. Inside Philanthropy explores Durfee’s sabbatical program, planning for the leadeship transition, and the next steps for Peeps.

Elizabeth Carlock Phillips Recognized for Her Leadership

Phillips Foundation President and NCFP board member Elizabeth Phillips was named 20 under 40 by PeopleNewspapers. In an interview, she discusses the foundation’s interdiscplinary strategy and the experiences that have inspired her giving and leadership.

The Fisher Foundation Closes the Feedback Loop with Grantees

After completing the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Grantee Perception Report process, the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation thinks through how best to share the feedback it received and its next steps with grantees.

Shifts with the Next Generation Leading the Robertson Foundation

With the next generation of leadership at the helm, the Robertson Foundation takes a fressh look at its grantmaking.

The Wyncote Foundation’s Impact on Philadelphia

The family behind the William Penn Foundation also leads the Wynocte Foundation. Inside Philanthropy delves into the history of the foundation and its support for journalism and media.

Two Regional Funders Support Democracy with Urgency

The James B. McClatchy Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation are confronting challenges to democracy in their regions of the Central Valley of California and North Carolina, respectively.

Melinda French Gates Leaves the Gates Foundation

Melinda French Gates announces that she is resigning from her position of co-chair at the Gates Foundation. She plans to use $12.5B to support women and girls.

Inside Philanthropy Follows the Rogers Family Foundation Spenddown Process

Says CEO Rhonnel Sotelo, “But any spark that makes foundations utilize their assets for their issue now, rather than wanting to keep going forever and ever — that’s a victory.”