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 Dyson Foundatoin, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Belk Endowment, The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation, and William Penn Foundation. Also included is 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 Friends of the Family? Go here.

Diana M. Gurieva, president of the Dyson Foundation and long-time NCFP Friend, to step away after 24 years of service

We wish a fond farewell to Diana Gurieva as she steps away fron her position as President of the Dyson Foundation - although we fully expect we will hear from her again! Ms. Gurieva will continue to serve the Foundation as an advisor following the transition that will be effective June 2015. Her successor, Andrea Reynolds states, "I am truly honored that the Board of Directors and the Dyson family have chosen me to serve as the Dyson Foundation's next president. I recognize the critical role this venerable institution holds in the Mid-Hudson Valley and I will do my best to follow the sterling example that Diana Gurieva has established over the last 24 years..." We wish the best to Diana, a long-time friend of NCFP!

The John M. Belk Endowment supports community colleges with nine grants totaling $9.6 million

The John M. Belk Endowment announced nine grants totaling $9.6 million to community colleges and supporting organizations to boost the number of students who complete degrees in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kristy Teskey, executive director of the Belk Endowment, noted in the announcement that "in a state with America's third largest community college system, the Endowment will continue to invest in their efforts to get more students through credentialing programs equipped with skills they need to excel in the jobs of tomorrow." Grants will support training, technology, and comprehensive case management for students, as well as the development of community college leadership programs and new resources.

Kelly Medinger, executive director of the Knott Foundation, sees opportunity in disruption

In a recent post on The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation blog, Kelly Medinger, executive director of the foundation, explores the idea that innovation and positive change can arise from disruption and chaos. Acknowledging that disruption is a part of everyday work and life, Medinger suggests that the focus should not be maintained on how to minimize these disruptions but rather, how to maximize their usefulness. Medinger recognizes The Knott Foundation’s grantee, Cristo Rey Network, as a prime example for how this approach creates positive change and innovation. 

William Penn Foundation and Knight Foundation to fund $11m in park improvements in Philly

The William Penn Foundation and Knight Foundation are funding $11 million to support five Philadelphia projects as a part of an initiative led by the city’s Fairmount Park Conservancy. Recognizing the positive impact of prior public space improvements to the city such as the revitalization of a plaza outside City Hall, Kathryn Ott Levell, executive director of the conservancy, wants to continue to bring people back to parks. In the park improvement plans, there will be projects that span throughout the 9,000 acres of green space, trails and woods in Fairmount Park.

Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund launches blog series to “learn out loud” on fundraising solutions for nonprofits

In 2013, the Haas, Jr. Fund collaborated with the CompassPoint Nonprofit Services to issue a national report, UnderDeveloped, documenting the struggles nonprofits face in fundraising year in and year out. Now that the problems have been identified and agreed on, the Haas, Jr. Fund wants to engage others in their journey through a new initiative called, Learning Out Loud. The Haas, Jr. Fund is creating a “solutions space” where they will share the latest insights and findings about “how to move action on key issues facing the sector, with particular interest in helping small- to medium- sized social change organizations.” Their hope is to assist their grantees, and other organizations similar to them, access the best resources in fund development and fill the gaps needed to help nonprofits rise above the chronic fundraising challenges.

 

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
  •          Lilly Endowment
  •          David and Lucile Packard
  •          RGK Foundation
  •          Walter and Elise Haas, Jr. Fund
  •          The Meadows Foundation
  •          Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  •          Annenberg Foundation
  •          An Anonymous Donor
  •          S.D. Bechtel, Jr Foundation
  •          C.E. and S. Foundation
  •          Arie and Ida Crown Memorial
  •          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
  •          Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
  •          Ansara Family Fund
  •          Apex Foundation
  •          Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  •          Ausherman Family Foundation
  •          Axfoundation
  •          Barry Foundation
  •          Ben & Maytee Fisch Foundation
  •          Bernstein Family Foundation
  •          Bigglesworth Family Foundation
  •          Blumenthal Foundation
  •          Boone Family Foundation
  •          Borgen Family Foundation
  •          Brindle Foundation
  •          Brinson Foundation
  •          Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation
  •          Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family 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
  •          Cricket Island Foundation
  •          CS Fund
  •          Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
  •          Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation
  •          David and Lura Lovell Foundation
  •          David B. Gold Foundation
  •          Davis Family Fund
  •          Deerbrook Charitable Trust
  •          Delaplaine Foundation
  •          Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation
  •          Dorrance Family Foundation
  •          Durfee Foundation
  •          Edward John Noble Foundation
  •          Edward S. Moore Foundation
  •          Ethel & W. George Kennedy Foundation
  •          Ferree Foundation
  •          Five Anonymous Donors
  •          Fleishhacker Foundation
  •          Fletcher Bay Foundation
  •          Flora L. Thornton Foundation
  •          Fowler Family Foundation
  •          Frances Hollis Brain Foundation
  •          Francis Family Foundation
  •          Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation
  •          Fred L. Emerson 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
  •          John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
  •          Grayce B. Kerr Foundation
  •          Hackett Family Foundation
  •          Hardee Family Foundation
  •          Hatfield Family Foundation
  •          Hattie M. Strong Foundation
  •          Hawksglen Foundation
  •          Hidden Leaf Foundation
  •          Hoffberger Family Philanthropies
  •          Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation
  •          Homestead Foundation
  •          Horner 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
  •          John M. Belk Educational Endowment
  •          Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
  •          Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation
  •          Joyce and Irving Goldman Family 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 Foundation
  •          Legacy Works Foundation
  •          Leo & Libby Nevas 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
  •          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
  •          Michael and Gillian Goodrich Foundation
  •          Miller Wehrle Family Foundation
  •          Mr. David Rockefeller
  •          Murad 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 M. Angell Family Foundation
  •          Pierce Family Foundation
  •          Pilot House Associates
  •          Public Education Network
  •          Quimby Family Foundation
  •          Quixote Foundation
  •          R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
  •          Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
  •          Rasmuson Foundation
  •          Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
  •          Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  •          Rockdale Foundation
  •          Roth Family Foundation
  •          Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  •          Ruderman Family Foundation
  •          Russell Family Foundation
  •          Ruth Mott Foundation
  •          Sam & Lottie Friedland Charitable Foundation
  •          Sampson Family Foundation
  •          Samuel Rubin Foundation
  •          Satterberg Foundation
  •          Sauer Children's Renew Foundation
  •          Schooler Family Foundation
  •          Self Family Foundation
  •          Simms/Mann Family Foundation
  •          Simon K Y Lee Foundation
  •          Siragusa Foundation
  •          Snave Foundation
  •          Sobrato Family Foundation
  •          Springs Close Foundation
  •          Stifler Family Foundation
  •          Stocker Foundation
  •          George B. Storer Foundation
  •          Stranahan 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 Miller Wehrle Family Foundation
  •          The Moniker Foundation
  •          The Mortimer Levitt Foundation
  •          The Orfalea Foundation
  •          The Peck Foundation
  •          The Raymond C. & Anna T. Johnson Foundation
  •          The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation
  •          The Seaver Institute
  •          The Tow Foundation
  •          The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation
  •          Three Swallows Foundation
  •          Tracy 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
  •          Weller Family Foundation
  •          Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
  •          WHH Foundation
  •          William Bingham Foundation
  •          William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
  •          William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
  •          Williams Family Foundation of Georgia
  •          Woodard Family Foundation
  •          Wyncote Foundation
  •          Yoreinu Foundation
  •          Zarrow Families Foundation
  •          Zeist Foundation