The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them.

We provide the resources, expertise, and support families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve. Together, we make great things happen.

Allison Magee, Executive Director of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and colleagues attend a walking tour of San Francisco at NCFP’s 20th Anniversary Symposium in 2018.

Giving Families & Family Foundations

Donors and giving families are at the heart of our work. NCFP was founded in 1997 in response to the need for a national source of knowledge and expertise that advances the effectiveness of family philanthropy. Today, NCFP continues to ground its work in the perspective of donor families.

Our experience with and understanding of the very personal act of giving is reflected in the resources and services we provide. We offer a safe, confidential, and objective place for you to begin your philanthropic journey. We’re here to help you think through your options, ask the right questions, and connect with others who have been through the same process.

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Community Foundations

Community foundations play vital roles across the country—they serve as hubs for donor engagement, capital, and learning. As dedicated partners in the philanthropic sector, NCFP’s goal is to help you more effectively serve your donors. The Community Foundation Family Philanthropy Network brings together foundation staff to create shared tools, exchange insights, build capacity for the field, and create new connections.

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Donor Networks

Philanthropy serving organizations act as important educators and advocates for their members. As dedicated partners in the sector, our goal is to help you more effectively serve the donors and families in your network by providing relevant content and expertise. Together, we act as a catalyst for good by helping thousands of giving families each year.

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Consultants & Advisors

NCFP recognizes the value of consultants and advisors in helping donor families achieve their philanthropic goals and often connects donors with consultants. We offer resources, events, and community to help practitioners tackle their clients’ challenges and make informed recommendations.

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Banks, Financial Institutions, For-Profit Networks

Financial institutions and multi-family offices supporting client trusts, foundations, and other charitable vehicles are instrumental in guiding families through the complexities of wealth management. NCFP has the expertise to help you serve families better.

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COVID-19: Response and Recovery Resources for Giving Families

This collection features resources from the field, an interactive map of local funds, upcoming COVID-19 webinars, and more.

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Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

This Content Collection includes a variety of perspectives and tools for addressing REDI issues within your organization, including a collection of customized Checklists, Quizzes, and Self-Assessment Tools for boards and staff.

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Stanford PACS Guide to Effective Philanthropy

The aim for this book is to simplify the components of effective philanthropy. The Guide has two major parts. Part One lays out a series of personal considerations that will help shape your philanthropic strategy. Part Two delves into the tactical practices of philanthropy to help you deploy your resources most effectively.

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Trust-based Philanthropy

Whether you’re a long-time practitioner or are just considering adopting this approach, we hope these resources will help you bring trust-based principles into practice.

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Participatory Grantmaking

This Content Collection features research, case studies, discussion guides, and other articles and blog posts on the practice of Participatory Grantmaking (also sometimes referred to as Community Led Grantmaking).

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Multi-faceted Giving

This content collection was curated to help answer those questions and allow your philanthropic family to better accommodate diverse systems of giving.

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Generations Together: Engaging Youth

This special collection was curated by our Engaging Youth Peer Network. We thank them for their leadership and sharing. Unless otherwise noted, all resources listed are intended to be able to be used directly with kids.

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Expenditure Responsibility

This NCFP Content Collection includes FAQs, rules and sample policies for the process of expenditure responsibility to ensure your grants to "non-charities" are for charitable purposes.

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Trends in Family Philanthropy: Current Research in the Field

This Content Collection features NCFP's Trends 2020 Study and other current research on the field of family philanthropy.

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Policy Central: Sample Policies and Practices

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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Foundation Archives

This Content Collection features reports and articles of interest to foundations considering whether to establish archives to preserve their records, knowledge, and histories.

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Strategic Philanthropy

This Content Collection features NCFP research, webinars, and additional resources to use as your foundation or family considers its overall strategy and approach to philanthropy.

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