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NCFP is an unbiased voice in the field, here to help you make informed decisions. Are you looking to more actively engage the next generation or your board? Undecided about how to evaluate the impact of your giving? The NCFP Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center is home to thousands of resources developed by philanthropic thought leaders to guide you on your giving journey.

Monthly family philanthropy webinars and over 250 past webinars are available to NCFP supporters.

Not sure where to start? NCFP staff members are available to point you to the right resources.

Build Community

NCFP values collaboration and knows that a strong community is critical to the success of many philanthropists. Through events and peer networks, we provide spaces that allow for frank conversation and connect you with peers facing similar challenges and joys.

Join NCFP in Chicago, October 16-18, 2019 for the biennial National Forum on Family Philanthropy. The Forum is the preeminent event for giving families, providing them the opportunity to interact and connect with peers while exploring emerging themes, trends, and ideas in the field.


Since its inception, NCFP has been dedicated to gathering data on the family philanthropy field, about which little research has been done. Trends 2015 was groundbreaking as the first benchmark study on family philanthropy. We are gathering data for a follow-up study and report, Trends 2020. Findings will shed light on emerging trends in family philanthropy as well as show changes since 2015.

Throughout 2018, NCFP studied place-based giving and what it means to have “pride of place.” Results from the study will be available soon!

As a part of its 20th anniversary celebration, NCFP conducted focus groups about the future of family family. Read about the themes that arose from the focus groups here and explore related resources in the Imagining the Future of Family Philanthropy content collection.

Empower the Establishment of Effective Policies

Developing functional governance and management policies can be challenging. Those policies lay the groundwork for the organization’s future success, and ensure that your board acts as stewards of the foundation’s assets. NCFP supports best practices for governance by publishing a variety of content, including the first-ever comprehensive guide to starting a family foundation.

Check out our content collection, Policy Central, for sample documents to help you develop your policies.

Stories for Engaged Learning

Stories for Engaged Learning is a collection of case studies rooted in the practical experiences of family and private foundations; the stories are designed for engaged learning. 

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How to Serve the Redefined Family

This content collection was curated to provide resources and tips for how your philanthropic family can adapt to a redefined family.

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Money and Values

This content collection was curated to share some experience, tips, and tools to better support philanthropic families in their money journeys.

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Family Stories and Interviewing Elders

This Content Collection was curated for you to discover a variety of techniques available for engaging with elders to document a family history that may be shared with generations to come.

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Pride of Place

This Content Collection features NCFP's report providing the first-ever in-depth look examining place-based, multi-generational family giving, along with a variety of other resources and case studies on place-based family philanthropy.

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Ending Well: Exits and Spend Down

The resources shared in this collection contain information and tools developed through the experience of multiple philanthropies involved in exits – including the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

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Family Philanthropy and Donor-Advised Funds

This online guide is for donors and families considering donor-advised funds, as well as for others, including advisors, seeking to learn more about the benefits and complexities of this important philanthropic vehicle.

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Working with Consultants

There are almost as many reasons to hire a consultant as there are consultants. These resources will help you take the right steps to find, hire, and manage a consultant who will deliver what you need whether it be for strategy, evaluation, communications, or providing fundraising advice and support for your grantee partners.

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Best of “Ginny’s Blog”

A "best of" collection of NCFP Founder Virginia Esposito's writing on governance, family dynamics, embracing the next generation, the role of the donor, and more.

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Policy Central

NCFP's Policy Central includes sample policies and practices in the areas of governance, grantmaking, family dynamics, engaging the next generation, investments, management, and staffing. New samples are added frequently, and are here when you need them!

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