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.

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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Trends in Family Philanthropy

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

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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Capital Grants

This Content Collection includes several articles and briefing papers from family foundations that have used capital grants as a core part of their strategy, along with sample guidelines for capital grants.

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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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Funding Resiliency

This Content Collection shares a collection of resources developed by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation on the topic of resiliency. It is designed to help deepen thinking about where, when, and how to invest in capacity building, while also helping funders to explore the dimensions of resiliency and help their grantee organizations prepare for eventual independence from grant funding.

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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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