Provide Resources

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 and educational conversations.

Additionally NCFP serves as an active convener, connecting donors and those who work with them to peers facing similar challenges.


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. Trends 2020, the first follow up report, highlights emerging changes in the field, tried and true practices, and shifts since 2015.

Throughout 2018, NCFP studied place-based giving and what it means to have “pride of place.” Read Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family Commitment to Geography.

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

Rick Williams, A. Sparks, and Farhad Ebrahimi speak at the closing plenary for NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Symposium in San Francisco.

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.