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 David and Lura Lovell Foundation, the Frey Foundation, the Mathile Family Foundation, the Lumpkin Family Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. 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.

David and Lura Lovell Foundation celebrates 20 years of empowering lives, providing opportunities, improving conditions, and advancing community

Established in 1994, the David and Lura Lovell Foundation grew from the passions and life experiences of its founders, and continues to embrace causes close to their hearts. In its first 20 years, the foundation invested $11 million in 60 nonprofit organizations for local and national projects supporting people and programs that empower lives, provide opportunities, improve conditions, and advance community. Visit the Lovell Foundation website to learn more.

David Frey and Steve Wilson of The Frey Foundation featured in article on Grand Rapids philanthropy

David Frey and Steve Wilson of the Frey Foundation were featured in a recent article on “a new age of giving” in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "We are building bridges; trying to be inclusive, thoughtful, and good listeners," says Frey in the article. "The world changes. Society changes. You have to challenge your own set of priorities and your generation's issues." Read the full article.

Lynn Schusterman, Founder and Co-Chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, writes op ed on "Activism in Challenging Times"

Lynn Schusterman, Founder and Co-Chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, has written an op ed for ejewishphilanthropy.com on the important role that activism plays in both personal and family philanthropy.

"...service to others is one of the pillars upon which Jewish life and tradition rests. This means that we are willing to do our part to foster a virtuous cycle of giving back and paying forward. It means we are willing to take responsibility for both enhancing our own lives and for bettering the lives of others. And it means that we are willing to mobilize people around the issues that keep us up at night and get us out of bed in the morning."

Read the complete op ed.

Mathile Family Foundation founders honored with the Citizen Legion of Honor Award

For a quarter century, the Mathile Family Foundation in Dayton, Ohio has provided opportunities to local and global communities with the goal of improving lives. This year the foundation is celebrating it's 25th anniversary, and recently founders MaryAnn and Clayton Mathile were honored for their long legacy of service and philanthropy in the region. See the video below for highlights from their acceptance remarks.

Lumpkin Family Foundation Named Philanthropist of the Year by the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation

The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation presented NCFP Friend of the Family, the Lumpkin Family Foundation with the Richard C. Siemer Outstanding Philanthropy Award for 2014 at the organization’s annual dinner on Friday, October 3rd. The Lumpkin Family Foundation, its staff, and the family behind the Foundation have been visionaries behind many of East Central Illinois’ proudest accomplishments. From the founding of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, to the development of the Eastern Illinois University College of Business, to the growth and development of many smaller organizations, the Lumpkin Family Foundation has demonstrated over their 61 year history outstanding philanthropic leadership. Read more.

Great idea: Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota offers conference room at no cost for grantees and other outside entities

The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota has found a fun and creative way to provide added support to organizations and community groups that it works with – making it’s conference room available for use at no charge. The foundation has created a  Conference Room Guidelines and a Conference Room Fact Sheet to help answer questions about this new resource, as well as a Conference Room Request Form. “We hope by providing this resource to the community, it will help further the great work that the organizations using it do,” says the foundation website. Read more.

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 maureen@ncfp.org

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
  • Nord Family Foundation
  • Roy A. Hunt Foundation
  • Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
  • George B. Storer Foundation
  • Stuart Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation

 

Friends of the Family:

  • Six 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
  • Helen Bader 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
  • GHR 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
  • Simon K Y Lee Foundation
  • Legacy Works Foundation
  • Leonettti/O’Connell 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
  • The Overbrook 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
  • Potts 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