Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month we feature updates on the grantmaking programs of several friends, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Frey Foundation, the Ruderman Family Foundation, the George B. Storer Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and the Andrus Family Fund, among others. Also included is our complete list of current NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle members.

Are you a current Friend of the National Center and have an update or news about your foundation that you would like to share with Family Giving News readers? Email us. Interested in learning more about Friends of the Family? Go here.

sharon-kingIn Memory of Sharon King: Founding NCFP Board member and long-time CEO of the F. B. Heron Foundation

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sharon B. King on October 21st. Sharon, a recognized leader in philanthropy, was the long-time CEO of the F. B. Heron Foundation, and was a founding member of NCFP’s board of directors. More recently, she served as the Director of the Ageing Programs for The Atlantic Philanthropies, leading the foundation’s grantmaking efforts to address the health care and economic security of older adults. 

“While Sharon was with Atlantic for a relatively short period of time she left a lasting impact through her deep commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged older adults,” said Martin O’Brien, Atlantic’s Senior Vice President for Programs.

Annie E. Casey Foundation Offers a Two-Generation Approach to Creating Opportunity for Families

Nearly half of the nation’s families with young children struggle to make ends meet. A new KIDS COUNT policy report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach describes a new approach to reducing poverty, which calls for connecting low-income families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability and break the cycle of poverty — and recommends ways to help equip parents and children with what they need to thrive.

 New data from the report is now featured in the KIDS COUNT Data Center. In addition, resources on two-generation approaches are available on the Casey website. Read, download or order Creating Opportunity for Families.

Roy A. Hunt Foundation seeks organized, thoughtful, sensitive servant-leader as its next Executive Director
The Executive Director serves as chief executive of the Foundation and reports to the Board of Directors through the Executive Committee. The Executive Director provides overall administrative leadership for the daily operations of the Foundation, actively supporting its mission as a family-run enterprise whose Trustees exercise all grantmaking decisions. The Foundation makes grants in three ways:

  • Individual Trustees invite proposals or respond to requests based on their individual interests; the fourth generation considers requests through its Next Generation Fund.
  • Special Initiative committees invite and review proposals for larger grants in the areas of community development, the environment, and youth violence prevention.
  • A small number of grants are made annually in honor of the founder’s interests and other long-term family commitments.

The Hunt Foundation's Next Generation Fund also serves as a training ground for family members when they become Trustees at age 21. Recently, new intergenerational Learning Circles have been implemented to help family members work together on an issue of mutual interest. The Circles have the option to later request grantmaking budgets. See the full job description and information on how to apply.


john-flickerStorer Foundation Trustee John Flicker appointed president of Prescott College

John Flicker, a trustee of the George B. Storer Foundation in Jackson, Wyo., has been appointed president of Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz., effective December 1, 2014. The private liberal arts college has nearly 1,000 undergrad, master's and doctoral degree students. The curriculum focuses on the environment, social justice and the liberal arts with an emphasis on self-directed experiential learning, much of it outdoors. Among his many accomplishments, John was the former president of the National Audubon Society and spoke in March on an NCFP webinar entitled "So Far, So Fast: A Family Foundation Finds its Focus."  

Fountain House/Clubhouse International Receives $1.5 Million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presented the 2014 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million to Fountain House/Clubhouse International, a pioneering organization that has created a proven model to help those suffering from mental illness reclaim their lives and realize their potential through work and the support of a caring community. The Hilton Foundation gives the annual award, the world’s largest humanitarian prize, to an organization that is doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering.  Fountain House/Clubhouse International was selected for the 2014 Prize by a prestigious independent international jury.

Final impact assessment of Beldon Fund available

During its time-limited lifespan, the Beldon Fund sought to maximize its impact with focused investments in environmental advocacy and health. The Fund pursued three unique but interrelated strategies to advance positive change on the issues it cared about: 1) Build capacity and clout, 2) Support civic engagement, 3) Broaden the base of support. As the Beldon Fund was making its last grants in 2008, it commissioned a final independent evaluation (conducted by Keiki Kehoe and Dan Cramer, also the authors of this report), which was presented to its staff and board. This new Final Impact Assessment report was written as a complement to the more comprehensive Final Evaluation Report written in 2008, with a particular focus on the question of sustained impact.

Andrus Family Fund announces new mission and strategic direction

After an extensive review that included objective evaluation of its work and impact, consulting with grantees and others in the field, and deep engagement with its Board members, the Andrus Family Fund has announced a “straightforward and lase focused” new approach to:

  1. Support organizations whose work directly connects youth to the people and services they need to become self-sustaining and resilient.
  2. Commission research that helps identify what works and what doesn’t when it comes to creating sustainable change in young people’s lives.
  3. Work closely with our grantees to advance and advocate for programs and policies that are proven to put youth on a path to a successful and sustainable future.
  4. Support organizations that utilize community organizing as a tool to remove barriers and create change.

Steve-WIlsonSteven Wilson, President of Frey Foundation, discusses foundation’s 40th anniversary

This year, the Frey Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary, as well as more than $125 million invested throughout Michigan. In this article, MiBiz talked to Frey Foundation President Steven Wilson about collaboration, best practices and how the foundation balances and matches the passions of its board members with community needs. An excerpt:

The members of the Frey family are known for having passions in different philanthropic areas. How do you give attention to each one of the family members’ passions and come to an agreement on which cause to grant?

Each family member does their own grantmaking. … [But] one of the things we’ve done is we’ve just been through a year of strategic planning. We work with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, which works with family foundations all across the country. Each one of our trustees is self-selected to be on a work group in each one of our four program areas. So they gain a deeper knowledge, read research and really did their homework on the program area that was of particular interest to them. As that goes forward, they’re becoming our experts on building the community or the environment. … But ultimately, it’s a consensus decision among the board. We do an in-depth staff analysis and then that analysis is discussed at a board meeting. And while we’re kind of a classic family foundation, it’s all family members sitting around the board table. They’re all very business-like. … Nevertheless, it is family, too.

richard-woo-250pxRevealing the Fundamental Resilience of People and Place: An interview with Richard Woo of The Russell Family Foundation

Earlier this year, Philanthropy Northwest President Jeff Clarke interviewed Kelly Brown, director of the D5 Coalition, and Anne Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation, about their perspectives on the work of philanthropy. This month, Jeff continues his series of conversations with leaders in the region and across the field with Richard Woo, CEO of the Russell Family Foundation. Richard reflects on the common threads running though his multi-faceted career in organizing, corporate social responsibilty and philanthropy.

Jennifer-LeeRuderman works to improve the lives of people with disabilities through Social Justice Scholars in Disability program

Jennifer Lee (pictured at left) is among four seniors at Brandeis University who spent the past summer participating in disability-related research and advocacy thanks to a Ruderman Family Foundation grant which established the Ruderman Social Justice Scholars in Disability program last academic year. “The Ruderman Family Foundation has a passion to improve the lives of people with disabilities,” says Parish. “This is the only program of its kind in the country. We want students to have a sophisticated understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and disability policy in the United States.”


Current list of NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle members

We offer special thanks to our Friends of the Family and Leadership Circle funders who support and sustain the work of NCFP. Our Leadership Circle recognizes a special group of our most generous supporters. Our Friends offer continuing support for our work, ensuring that future generations of donor families can access the best possible resources for sound decision-making. For more information, please contact Maureen Esposito at 202.293.3276 or at

Leadership Circle:

  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • RGK Foundation
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Lilly Endowment
  • Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund
  • Meadows Foundation
  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Walter and Elise Haas Fund
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • An Anonymous Donor
  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr Foundation
  • C.E. and S. Foundation
  • Arie and Ida Crown Memorial
  • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • Dyson Foundation
  • Max. M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • Flora Family Foundation
  • Frey Foundation
  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Hyde Family Foundations
  • Leighty Foundation
  • Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
  • Mathile Family Foundation
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Roy A. Hunt Foundation
  • Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
  • George B. Storer Foundation
  • Stuart Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation

Friends of the Family:

  • Five Anonymous Donors
  • Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation
  • Jeffrey and Rita Adler Foundation
  • Nibs & Edna Allen Foundation
  • Allyn Foundation
  • Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  • Ansara Family Fund
  • Apex Foundation
  • Ausherman Family Foundation
  • Axfoundation
  • Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation
  • Barry Foundation
  • John M. Belk Educational Endowment
  • Bernstein Family Foundation
  • Bigglesworth Family Foundation
  • Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
  • Allen H. & Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust
  • William Bingham Foundation
  • Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • Blumenthal Foundation
  • Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation
  • Borgen Family Foundation
  • Frances Hollis Brain Foundation
  • Brindle Foundation
  • Brinson Foundation
  • Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
  • Isambard Brunel Society of North America
  • Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation
  • Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
  • The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation
  • Carlson Family Foundation
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Castellano Family Foundation
  • Cemala Foundation
  • The Clowes Fund
  • Coghlin Family Foundation
  • Colina Foundation
  • Carol & James Collins Foundation
  • Commonweal Foundation
  • Compton Foundation
  • Cook Family Foundation
  • Couch Family Foundation
  • Crevier Family Foundation
  • Cricket Island Foundation
  • CS Fund
  • The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Davis Family Fund
  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation
  • Deerbrook Charitable Trust
  • Delaplaine Foundation
  • Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
  • Dorrance Family Foundation
  • The Dresher Foundation
  • Durfee Foundation
  • The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation
  • Ferree Foundation
  • The Fine Foundation
  • Fleishhacker Foundation
  • Nimick Forbesway Foundation
  • Francis Family Foundation
  • Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
  • Frist Foundation
  • Fuller Foundation
  • George Foundation
  • Gilhousen Family Foundation
  • The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
  • William and Charlene Glikbarg Foundation
  • David B. Gold Foundation
  • Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation
  • Michael and Gillian Goodrich Foundation
  • William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
  • The Greehey Family Foundation
  • Hackett Family Foundation
  • The Hamilton Foundation
  • Hatfield Family Foundation
  • Hardee Family Foundation
  • Irving Harris Foundation
  • The Hastings Foundation
  • Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation
  • Hawksglen Foundation
  • The Hershey Foundation
  • Hidden Leaf Foundation
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Hoffberger Family Philanthropies
  • The Hoglund Foundation
  • Homestead Foundation
  • Horner Foundation
  • HRK Foundation
  • Island Foundation
  • Jacobs Family Foundation
  • Jackson Foundation
  • James R. and Anita Horne Jenkins Family Foundation
  • The Raymond C. & Anna T. Johnson Foundation
  • Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Ethel & W. George Kennedy Foundation
  • Grayce B. Kerr Foundation
  • Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Kay Family Foundation
  • Kohlberg Foundation
  • Simon K Y Lee Foundation
  • Legacy Works Foundation
  • Leonettti/O’Connell Foundation
  • Life a Life Foundation
  • The Miller Wehrle Family Foundation
  • The Mortimer Levitt Foundation
  • Lipscomb Family Foundation
  • The Looper Foundation
  • David and Lura Lovell Foundation
  • Ludwick Family Foundation
  • Lumpkin Family Foundation
  • Elizabeth Mitchell Manternach Foundation
  • MARK Foundation
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
  • McCarthy Family Foundation
  • Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation
  • William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
  • Medina Foundation
  • McNeely Foundation
  • Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
  • The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation
  • Miller Wehrle Family Foundation
  • Jean and Saul A. Mintz Foundation
  • Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
  • Edward S. Moore Foundation
  • Murad Family Foundation
  • Leo & Libby Nevas Family Foundation
  • Edward John Noble Foundation
  • The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund
  • Nordblom Family Foundation
  • Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
  • Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
  • W. O’Neil Foundation
  • William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
  • Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation
  • The Orfalea Foundation
  • Patrina Foundation
  • The Paz Fund
  • Pearlstine Family Fund
  • The Peck Foundation
  • The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
  • Pierce Family Foundation
  • Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation
  • Public Education Network
  • Quimby Family Foundation
  • Quixote Foundation
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • Realan Foundation
  • Robins Foundation
  • Rockdale Foundation
  • Mr. David Rockefeller
  • Roth Family Foundation
  • Samuel Rubin Foundation
  • Ruderman Family Foundation
  • Russell Family Foundation
  • Ruth Mott Foundation
  • Sampson Family Foundation
  • Satterberg Foundation
  • Sauer Children's Renew Foundation
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation
  • The Seaver Institute
  • Selander Foundation
  • Self Family Foundation
  • Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation
  • Simms/Mann Family Foundation
  • Nick Simons Foundation
  • Siragusa Foundation
  • Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
  • Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation
  • Springs Close Foundation
  • Stifler Family Foundation
  • Stocker Foundation
  • Stoller Foundation
  • W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation
  • Stranahan Foundation
  • Hattie M. Strong Foundation
  • Stuart Family Foundation
  • Tarsadia Foundation
  • Tauck Foundation
  • Flora L. Thornton Foundation
  • Three Swallows Foundation
  • Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
  • The Tow Foundation
  • Tracy Family Foundation
  • Triad Foundation
  • TriMix Foundation
  • Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation
  • Ueberroth Family Foundation
  • Volgenau Foundation
  • Walker Foundation
  • Wardle Foundation
  • Weaver Foundation
  • Weissberg Foundation
  • Weller Family Foundation
  • Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
  • CL Werner Foundation
  • Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
  • WHH Foundation
  • Williams Family Foundation of Georgia
  • Woodard Family Foundation
  • Wyncote Foundationa
  • Yoreinu Foundation
  • M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation
  • Zarrow Families Foundation
  • Zegar Family Foundation
  • Zeist Foundation