In this month's Friends Focus, we are delighted to highlight our Friends of the Family leaders who will serve as facilitators and presenters for NCFP's upcoming 2015 National Forum on Family Philanthropy.  For a complete list of sessions and speakers, visit

Annie E. Casey Foundation sponsors special NCFP pre-Forum session on October 14th: KIDS COUNT: A Tool for Philanthropy to Improve the Lives of Children and Families  

Understanding where to invest limited resources to have the greatest impact on child well-being requires high quality data. In this session, grantmakers will learn about the KIDS COUNT project at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, hear about major trends in child well-being since the recession, and have an opportunity to explore the KIDS COUNT Data Center with more than 4 million data points on kids and families, searchable by state and locality. Learn more and RSVP here.

Fostering a learning culture in family philanthropy

In this session featuring three long-time NCFP Friends, we will discuss strategies for creating a learning culture in family philanthropy-learning from grantees and the communities we serve, and from our peers and fellow trustees.


  • Ashley Blanchard, Hill-Snowdon Foundation
  • Leah Gary, President and CEO, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation
  • Justin McAuliffe, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Confidante: The role of the trusted non-family CEO

Join this candid and very special discussion for and among non-family CEOs with two experienced leaders about how to strike the right balance in the vital relationship between foundation boards and CEOS in family giving.


  • Vic De Luca, President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
  • Diane Kaplan, President and CEO, Rasmuson Foundation
  • Rick Williams, CEO, Sobrato Family Foundation (facilitator/presenter)

Innovative approaches to managing transitions: Highlighting the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

In this session, leaders from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation will share the process they used to prepare for and accomplish a significant overhaul of the foundation's leadership, as well as their governance and grantmaking practices.


  • Nancy Cable, CEO, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Virginia Esposito, Founder and President, National Center for Family Philanthropy (facilitator/presenter)

Possibility grantmaking: Nuance meets measurement

Join this conversation with pioneers in the field of "possibility grantmaking" to discuss how foundations tailor their grantmaking to balance trust and patience with results. 


  • Caroline Avery, President, Durfee Foundation
  • Mary Mountcastle, Board Member, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (facilitator/presenter)
  • Allison Harvey Turner, Program Director, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Balancing family involvement and philanthropic mission

Join us for this in-depth convrestaion with two family foundation that have found successful strategies for thoughtfully defining, measuring, and tracking both their internal, family focused and their external community focused, missions.


  • Mary Fisher, Board Member, Max and Marjorie M. Fisher Foundation
  • Doug Stewart, President, Board Member, Max and Marjorie M. Fisher Foundation
  • Linda Tracy, Program Associate, Tracy Family Foundation
  • Mary Sullivan, Trustee, Tracy Family Foundation
  • Patrick Troska, Executive Director, Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation (facilitator/presenter)

100% Unrestricted funding: The outside-in approach to philanthropy

Explore how the use of unrestricted funding can help you and your grantees realize your hopes for genuine and lasting change.


  • Piper Henry-Keller, Board President, Medina Foundation
  • Vu Le, Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps
  • Paul Shoemaker, Founding President, Social Venture Partners International (facilitator/presenter)
  • Jen Teunon, Executive Director, Medina Foundation

The best mistakes we ever made

In this rapid-fire session format, several family funders will share the mistakes that led to something positive happening for them and their giving. Audience members will be encouraged to join in the discussion, processing these mistakes and figuring out how to get the most out of them.


  • Karen Green, Program Consultant, National Center for Family Philanthropy
  • Kathleen Odne, Executive Director, Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation
  • Others to be announced soon

Diversed and dispersed: Managing a far-flung family

In our increasingly mobile society, family philanthropies once defined by their proximity now encounter a new obstacle: geography. Join this session featuring the experiences and perspectives of three diverse and dispersed families.


  • Berit Ashla, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (facilitator/presenter)
  • Kelly Nowlin, Board Member, Surdna Foundation
  • Lisa Parker, President, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
  • Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Executive Director, Siragusa Foundation 
See the complete list of speakers and sessions at

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


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
  • Meadows Foundation
  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Walter and Elise Haas Fund
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • An Anonymous Donor
  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr Foundation
  • John M. Belk Educational Endowment
  • C.E. and S. Foundation
  • Arie and Ida Crown Memorial
  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Dyson Foundation
  • Max. M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • Flora Family Foundation
  • Frey Foundation
  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Harman Foundation
  • Hyde Family Foundations
  • Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
  • Mathile Family Foundation
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Nord Family Foundation
  • William J. & Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation
  • Robins Foundation
  • Roy A. Hunt Foundation
  • Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Triad Foundation

Friends of the Family:

  • Allen H. & Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust
  • Allyn Foundation
  • Altec-Styslinger Foundation Inc.
  • Amanater Social Ventures
  • Anderson Valley Foundation
  • Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
  • Ansara Family Fund
  • Apex Foundation
  • Aslan Foundation
  • Bader Philanthropies
  • Barnes Foundation
  • Barry Foundation
  • Ben & Maytee Fisch Foundation
  • Berman Foundation
  • Bernstein Family Foundation
  • Bigglesworth Family Foundation
  • Birk Family Foundation
  • Blumenthal Foundation
  • Boone Family Foundation
  • Borgen Family Foundation
  • Brindle Foundation
  • Brinson Foundation
  • Carlson Family Foundation
  • Carol & James Collins Foundation
  • Carolyn Foundation
  • Castellano Family Foundation
  • Cemala Foundation
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation
  • CL Werner Foundation
  • Colina Foundation
  • Commonweal Foundation
  • Compton Foundation
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Couch Family Foundation
  • Crevier Family Foundation
  • CS Fund
  • Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
  • The Dakota Foundation
  • Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation
  • David and Lura Lovell Foundation
  • Davis Family Fund
  • Deerbrook Charitable Trust
  • Delaplaine Foundation
  • Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation
  • Dorrance Family Foundation
  • Draper Family Foundation
  • Duchossois Family Foundation
  • Durfee Foundation
  • Edward John Noble Foundation
  • Ethel & W. George Kennedy Foundation
  • Five Anonymous Donors
  • Fleishhacker Foundation
  • Fletcher Bay Foundation
  • Florence & Laurence Spungen Family Foundation
  • Fowler Family Foundation
  • Frances Hollis Brain Foundation
  • Francis Family Foundation
  • Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation
  • Fred L. Emerson Foundation
  • Fredman Family Foundation
  • Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
  • Frist Foundation
  • Fuller Foundation
  • J.B. Fuqua Foundation
  • Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
  • George Foundation
  • Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation
  • Gilhousen Family Foundation
  • Gobioff Foundation
  • John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
  • Graham C. Lount Family Foundation
  • Grayce B. Kerr Foundation
  • Grousemont Foundation
  • Hackett Family Foundation
  • Hardee Family Foundation
  • Hatfield Family Foundation
  • Hattie M. Strong Foundation
  • Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Hidden Leaf Foundation
  • Hoffberger Family Philanthropies
  • Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation
  • Homestead Foundation
  • Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston
  • Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation
  • Irving Harris Foundation
  • Isambard Brunel Society of North America
  • Island Foundation
  • Jackson Foundation
  • Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation
  • Jacobs Family Foundation
  • James R. and Anita Horne Jenkins Family Foundation
  • Jean and Saul A. Mintz Foundation
  • Jeffrey and Rita Adler Foundation
  • Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
  • Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
  • Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation
  • John & Editha Kapoor Charitable Foundation
  • Katherine W. Dumke & E.R. Dumke, Jr. Foundation
  • Kay Family Foundation
  • Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund
  • Kite Foundation
  • Kohlberg Foundation
  • Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
  • Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
  • Lawson-Valentine Foundation
  • Legacy Works Foundation
  • Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation
  • Howard and Irene Levine Family Foundation
  • Lift a Life Foundation
  • Lipscomb Family Foundation
  • Little Family Foundation
  • Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation
  • Love Meyer Family Foundation
  • Ludwick Family Foundation
  • Lumpkin Family Foundation
  • M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation
  • Madaha Fund of HRK Foundation
  • J.F. Maddox Foundation
  • Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation
  • MARK Foundation
  • Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation
  • Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • McCarthy Family Foundation
  • McKinney Family Foundation
  • McNeely Foundation
  • Medina Foundation
  • Mercy Works Foundation
  • Michael and Gillian Goodrich Foundation
  • Morgan Family Foundation
  • Mr. David Rockefeller
  • Muirfield Foundation
  • Murad Family Foundation
  • Murphy Family Foundation
  • Nibs & Edna Allen Foundation
  • Nichols Foundation
  • Nick Simons Foundation
  • Nimick Forbesway Foundation
  • Nordblom Family Foundation
  • Overbrook Foundation
  • Owsley Brown Charitable Foundation
  • Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation
  • Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
  • Patrina Foundation
  • Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
  • Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  • Pierce Family Foundation
  • Pilgrim Foundation
  • Pilot House Associates
  • Quixote Foundation
  • R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
  • Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Foundation
  • Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
  • Richard Brooke Foundation
  • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • Ross Foundation
  • Roth Family Foundation
  • Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Russell Family Foundation
  • Ruth Mott Foundation
  • Sam & Lottie Friedland Charitable Foundation
  • Sampson Family Foundation
  • Samuel Rubin Foundation
  • Sand Hill Foundation
  • Satterberg Foundation
  • Sauer Children's Renew Foundation
  • Schooler Family Foundation
  • Self Family Foundation
  • Siragusa Foundation
  • Snave Foundation
  • Sobrato Family Foundation
  • Springs Close Foundation
  • Stocker Foundation
  • George B. Storer Foundation
  • Stuart Foundation
  • Stuart Family Foundation
  • Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust
  • Tarsadia Foundation
  • Tauck Foundation
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • The Buck Family Foundation
  • The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation
  • The Clowes Fund
  • The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • The Dresher Foundation
  • The Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund
  • The Fine Foundation
  • The Greehey Family Foundation
  • The Hamilton Foundation
  • The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation
  • The Hastings Foundation
  • The Hershey Foundation
  • The Hoglund Foundation
  • The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
  • The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
  • The Looper Foundation
  • The Moniker Foundation
  • The Mortimer Levitt Foundation
  • The Orfalea Foundation
  • The Peck Foundation
  • The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation
  • The Seaver Institute
  • The Tow Foundation
  • The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
  • Thompson Charitable Foundation
  • Tracy Family Foundation
  • Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation
  • TriMix Foundation
  • Ueberroth Family Foundation
  • Volgenau Foundation
  • W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation
  • W. James Samford, Jr. Foundation
  • W. O’Neil Foundation
  • Walker Foundation
  • Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Wardle Foundation
  • Weaver Foundation
  • Weissberg Foundation
  • Wesik Family Foundation
  • WHH Foundation
  • William Bingham Foundation
  • William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
  • William and Charlene Glikbarg Foundation
  • William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
  • Williams Family Foundation of Georgia
  • Woodard Family Foundation
  • Wyncote Foundation
  • Zarrow Families Foundation
  • Ziegler Family Foundation
  • Zilber Family Foundation