Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month we feature news about the Ruderman Family Foundation; the Self Family Foundation; the Durfee Foundation; and The McKnight Foundation. Also included is a link to our complete list of current NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle members. 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 the families involved in NCFP's Friends of the Family network? Go here.

Ruderman Foundation President offers Trump sensitivity training

The Ruderman Family Foundation supports programs that advocate for and advance the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the Jewish community. Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation, spoke out about presidential candidate Donald Trump for seemingly mimicking the disability of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski at a rally in South Carolina. “It is unacceptable for a child to mock another child’s disability on the playground, never mind a presidential candidate mocking someone’s disability as part of a national political discourse,” said Ruderman. “Our presidential candidates should be moral examples for all Americans and not disparage people with disabilities who make up twenty percent of the American population.”

Self Family Foundation donates $1 million to Greenwood, SC Promise campaign

A gift from The Self Family Foundation put the recently launched Greenwood Promise campaign less than $1.5 million away from its goal of $5 million. The campaign will establish an educational endowment that will promise all eligible Greenwood County high school graduates tuition assistance for associate's degrees. "For The Self Family Foundation to step forward and make that commitment just says what they're about and that's they're committed to Greenwood," said Jim Pfeiffer, campaign chair and Self Regional Healthcare president and CEO.

Durfee Foundation Announces 2016/2017 Stanton Fellows

The Durfee Foundation of Santa Monica, California has announced the 2016/2017 recipients of its Stanton Fellowships to Los Angeles leaders:

  • Tim Carpenter, Founder/CEO, EngAGE
  • Helmi Hisserich, Asst General Manager, Housing and Community Investment Department, City of Los Angeles
  • Leslie A. Ito, President and CEO, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
  • Hilda Maldonado, Executive Director, Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Kerry Morrison, Executive Director, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
  • Johng Ho Song, Executive Director, Koreatown Youth & Community Center

“We are thrilled to announce the new class of Stanton Fellows. They are among L.A.’s most innovative thinkers, and each is pursuing a project vital to the well-being of people in Los Angeles,” said Carrie Avery, president of the Durfee Foundation. The Stanton Fellowship Program provides the six fellows with $100,000 each over a two-year period to think deeply about the intractable problems in their sector, and to tease out solutions. Funds can be used for travel, research, salaries, consultants’ fees or other expenses related to the Fellowship inquiry.

McKnight President Kate Wolford joins gathering at UN climate summit

As world leaders gather in Paris at the UN climate summit, Kate Wolford, president of The McKnight Foundation, will be part of the historic event, joining a delegation of investors working to build low-carbon investment opportunities. While a strong international agreement is seen as essential, McKnight sees Paris as a throughway and not the destination. The McKnight Foundation has recently released a new brief called The Road Through Paris: Building a Low-Carbon Economy with Investing and Philanthropy which shares the tenets of McKnight’s climate investing and grantmaking programs and offers examples of steps they have taken to decarbonize, reinvest, and help markets evolve. Wolford and McKnight Board Member Ted Staryk also recently co-authored an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, "Looking Beyond Impact Investing to Support Climate Solutions: A four-point framework for funders to advance a low-carbon future using their entire endowment."


Special Thanks: 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. See a complete list of NCFP Leadership Circle and Friends of the Family. Or, for more information, please contact Maureen Esposito at 202.293.3276 or at