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 Foundations 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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Molly Rand (The Chicago Community Trust), Caroline Kuebler (Community Foundation of Greater Memphis), Tony Macklin (NCFP program consultant), and Ellen Grill (The Foundation for Delaware County) tackle how to measure progress at the 2019 Community Foundations Workshop in Chicago.

NCFP’s Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network supports the special role community foundations play with philanthropic families as a trusted resource and partner. A National Advisory Committee, chaired by Jennifer Touchet, Vice President of Personal and Family Philanthropy at Greater Houston Community Foundation, provides strategic guidance. Special thanks to the Lilly Endowment and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for the initial funding which allowed the network’s creation.

Learn from Peers and Experts

Network members exchange ideas, tools, stories, and effective practices through quarterly Spark Session webinars, monthly topical calls, and an online library of network specific resources. Previous topics have included: staffing your family engagement program, models for engaging next gen donors, working as part of a family’s advisory team, and educational programs for donor families. In addition, Network members are eligible to attend the National Forum on Family Philanthropy. Ahead of each Forum, there is a low-cost, in-depth, skill-building workshop for Network members specially designed for community foundation staff and board.

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Diane Higginbotham of the Greater Houston Community Foundation (right) and Kathleen Wagner of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (left) at the 2019 Community Foundations Workshop in Chicago.

NCFP continually develops new case studies, articles, issue briefs, and other content to help Network members increase their capacity to effectively serve philanthropic families. In addition to the Knowledge Center, Network members have a private digital library of resources and events.

Family Philanthropy Playbook

The Family Philanthropy Playbook organizes resources into 9 training modules that focus on key issues community foundations face when planning and delivering family philanthropy services. The basic information in each module is free to the public. Webinar recordings, topical calls, and most downloadable templates and examples are only available to NCFP’s subscribers.

Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Readiness Self-assessment Tool

NCFP created the Family Philanthropy Readiness Self-assessment in June 2017 to help community foundations assess their current level of readiness to undertake or expand services to multi-branch and/or multi-generational families. The online survey and resulting report help frame internal questions and decisions about offering family philanthropy services.

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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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Values and Motivations

This Content Collection highlights webinars, blog posts, and other resources that discuss the importance of values and motivations, shares experiences of giving families, and provides sample policies and tools.

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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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PEAK Grantmaking

This collection, curated by PEAK Grantmaking, provides resources on driving equity, being effective grantmakers, and more.

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Family Identity and Culture

This Content Collection features resources that discuss the importance of family culture and identity and highlight experiences of family foundations.

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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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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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Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation

This Content Collection shares individual chapters from "Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation."

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