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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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.

Access New Resources and Tools

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.

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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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