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 Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Seattle Foundation, the Benton Foundation, The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota and The Heinz 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.

In memory of Charles Benton (1931-2015), Benton Foundation

The National Center for Family Philanthropy expresses their deepest condolences for the passing of Charles Benton, founder and chair of the Benton Foundation, who passed away at his home in Evanston at the age of 84. Mr. Benton was not only an accomplished businessman, he was a passionate philanthropist and visionary. Michael Copps, former Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, writes about Charles Benton as "charming and gentle, yes, but tenacious and indefatigable too, he left this world much better than he found it."

He is survived by his loving wife Marjorie, daughter and NCFP board member Adrianne Furniss, son, Craig, and five grandchildren. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family, friends, and all of the individuals and communities he impacted through his philanthropy.

GEO Member Story: Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation is featured in this member profile created by the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). GEO, focused on smarter grantmaking for stronger nonprofits, highlights the M&M Fisher Foundation’s approach to engage the community early in the programmatic process. Cynthia Rowell, Program Manager of the Foundation, provides an example on how working with a grantee to strengthen their proposal resulted in the organization’s grant to increase by $350,000 from their original request. Rowell explains how approaching this situation with “humility – and not presuming to know what the community needs” works best in having a real impact in the community and meeting their mission to enrich humanity. To learn more about the work of the M&M Fisher Foundation, make sure to check out NCFP's webinar: “Balancing internal vs. external missions in family philanthropy.”

Surdna Foundation seeks to make local economies work for everyone

The Surdna Foundation’s approach to creating just and sustainable local economies is driven by programs focused on business development and acceleration, equitable economic development, and job quality and career pathways. By boosting local economies, Surdna aims to create opportunities for communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants. This article takes a deeper look into Surdna’s unique strategy for creating strong local economies and helpful hints for those looking to obtain a grant from the foundation.

Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Day of Champions

On May 5, 2015, The Seattle Foundation hosted its fifth annual day of giving event, GiveBIG. This one-day online even celebrated Seattle’s many champions in the community who work to make Seattle a stronger and more vibrant place for all.

Every donation made on this day through their website received a percentage of the matching funds (or “stretch”) pool, along with other opportunities to receive additional awards. In one day, GiveBIG generated an estimated $16.3 million, including $14.3 million in online contributions, $850,000 in challenge grants, and $1.1 million in stretch dollars for more than 1,700 nonprofits. By visiting the Seattle Foundation’s Giving Center, community members were not only able to give in a big way, but they gained exposure to the many nonprofits that exist in the area.  

Morgan Family Foundation invests in the long-term future of Antioch College

Antioch College, a private liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, recently received a $6 million grant from the Morgan Family Foundation. This grant is the largest the college has received and could not have come at a more impactful time, noted by President Mark Roosevelt. He also cited the future of Antioch College depended on consistent and generous philanthropy from many different entities. Executive Director of the Morgan Family Foundation Lori Kuhn explained, “As one of the earliest supporters of the efforts to establish an independent Antioch College, the foundation is awed at how far the College has come. We are honored to have been, and continue to be, part of that journey toward an independent, accredited Antioch College.” 

The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota funds launches new scholarship program for African-American men

The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota has announced The Eddie Phillips Scholarship for African American Men in partnership with the Minnesota Private College Fund. In addition to scholarships, this program provides leadership development opportunities for three students at three local private colleges over their junior and senior years. Students will also receive networking opportunities, internships, and mentorship from various leaders in the Minnesota area. This scholarship is a companion program to the Phillips Scholars Program.

The Heinz Family Foundation recognizes the 20th Heinz Awards Honorees

 The Heinz Awards, launched by Teresa Heinz in 1995 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz, announced its 20th Heinz Awards Honorees. The Heinz Awards program recognizes remarkable contributions in five areas of great importance to the late Senator Heinz: Arts and Humanities, Environment, Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment. This year’s recipients range from a prolific cartoonist whose quirky characters depict the anxieties of modern-day life and personal relationships to a bioengineer applying innovative methods to develop artificial human “microlivers” and cancer diagnostic tools.  

 

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
  •          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
  •          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
  •          Aslan Foundation
  •          Barnes Foundation
  •          Barry Foundation
  •          Ben & Maytee Fisch 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
  •          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
  •          The Dakota 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
  •          Draper Family Foundation
  •          Duchossois Family Foundation
  •          Durfee Foundation
  •          Edward John Noble Foundation
  •          Ethel & W. George Kennedy Foundation
  •          Ferree Foundation
  •          Five Anonymous Donors
  •          Fleishhacker Foundation
  •          Fletcher Bay Foundation
  •          Flora L. Thornton 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
  •          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
  •          Grayce B. Kerr Foundation
  •          Grousemont 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
  •          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
  •          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
  •          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
  •          Miller Wehrle Family Foundation
  •          Morgan Family Foundation
  •          Mr. David Rockefeller
  •          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 M. Angell Family Foundation
  •          Pierce Family Foundation
  •          Pilot House Associates
  •          Quixote Foundation
  •          R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
  •          Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
  •          Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
  •          Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  •          Rockdale 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
  •          Satterberg Foundation
  •          Sauer Children's Renew Foundation
  •          Schooler Family Foundation
  •          Self Family Foundation
  •          Simms/Mann Family 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 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
  •          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
  •          Weller Family Foundation
  •          Weyerhaeuser 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
  •          Yoreinu Foundation
  •          Zarrow Families Foundation
  •          Ziegler Family Foundation