We’re pleased to introduce an occasional new feature for Family Giving News: Friends Focus, featuring brief updates and announcements on the interesting work of family foundations and advised funds who are members of our Friends of the Family network. Are you a current Friend of the National Center with an update you’d like to share with Family Giving News readers? Email us or add a note in the comments section below!

Karen Ansara, Co-Founder of the Ansara Family Fund, Creates Blog on the Future of Haiti: For the past six months, Boston philanthropist Karen Ansara has been writing regular updates on the evolving recovery process in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquakes. From ongoing challenges to emerging solutions, Karen’s blog is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the ins and outs of long-term recovery from natural disasters. Read more about the work of the Ansara Family Fund in Haiti in our April 2010 profile for Family Giving News.

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation: Learning from the Past and Moving Forward: The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has released Helping People and Places Move Out of Poverty: Progress and Learning 2010, a special report reflecting on five years of focused work with the foundation’s nonprofit partners on poverty and building economic security in the Southeastern US. The report outlines grantee impact, lessons learned and conclusions about next steps. 

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Awards 2011 Hilton Humanitarian Prize to Handicap International: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that Handicap International, the largest non-governmental organization providing assistance and advocacy for people with disabilities, has received the 2011 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million. The Hilton Foundation presents the annual award, the world’s largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that is doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering. Handicap International was selected for the 2011 Prize by a prestigious independent international jury. 

Tiltings from the Quixote Foundation: The Quixote Foundation is a small family foundation seeking to “spend up” its assets by funding a mixture of increased annual grants and one-time, “landmark,” large commitments as it prepares to make its final grants in 2016. In addition to a Twitter Feed, video and FAQ page describing its strategies and approaches, the Foundation offers the Tiltings Newsletter, devoted to exploring to “topics that arise as we seek to support the most urgent causes at hand.” Read more.

Announcing the Family Quest Giving Deck from 21/64: Our colleagues at 21/64 have teamed up with Relative Solutions to create the Family Quest Giving Deck, an idea deck of cards to help prompt discussions on family giving. The deck comes with 40 topic cards, and may be personalized for families or clients. 21/64 is offering a special discount for FGN Readers: get 20% off your order by entering the code ‘ncfp’ when you place your order and check out. Learn more and order.