NCFP's CEO initiative was launched in 2011 to help CEOs and family foundation boards better understand the qualities of effective family foundation leadership as well as its special challenges, while providing them with the tools, information, and support they need to master the complex roles and demands of their positions. The CEO initiative was developed and conceived with the guidance of an experienced CEO Initiative Advisory Committee, and has resulted in a series of retreats, seminars, and guides for CEO leaders in the field. With recent support from the Lilly Endowment, we are delighted to offer continuing opportunities for CEOs to learn from and with one another.

2015 NCFP CEO training events and networks


Leading by Design: A special retreat for family foundation CEOs (June 7-8, Williamsburg, Virginia)

Hosted in partnership with the Southeastern Council on Foundations and Philanthropy Southwest at the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia

The role of a family foundation CEO is unique, often bridging generations of family members, community leaders, staff, advisors and partners. Expectations can be challenging to meet and boundaries are sometimes vague and ever-changing. Success in this role requires a cadre of specialized leadership skills.

This retreat will help you identify the roles essential to your position—and envision them with new “lenses.” You’ll have the opportunity to explore an analytic framework that can help you bring the best of yourself to challenging situations, and manage them for better outcomes—for you and the foundation. Learn more and register.

2014-forum-sessionThe Courage to Lead in Family Philanthropy: A special pre-forum retreat for board members and CEOs (October 13-14, Seattle, WA)

This special pre-forum retreat is limited to 25 participants and will take place immediately prior to the 2015 National Forum on Family Philanthropy.

This retreat for family philanthropy board members and leadership staff is based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, noted author and co-founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal. The retreat is grounded in the conviction that to find the courage to truly lead, we need to engage our deepest, most fundamental values. Participants will share a safe and trustworthy space for reflection and discovery, exploring the alignment of their personal values with their professional choices. Our skilled facilitators, both of whom share experiences with family philanthropies, will lead participants through processes developed by the Center for maintaining integrity and authenticity in the midst of competing demands. Together with your colleagues who share similar challenges and opportunities, you’ll explore fundamental questions of leadership, impact and self. Learn more.

join-memberNCFP's Non-family Staff Peer Network

NCFP's Non-family Staff Peer Network is designed for senior level non-family staff members who are Friends of the Family of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Build a network of your peers facing the unique challenges and joys inherent in this job. Current NCFP Friends are invited to sign up for the Non-Family Staff Peer Learning Network.