The Chronicle of Philanthropy today offers a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-released Trends in Family Philanthropy survey — focusing on how NCFP’s new benchmark survey reflects the growing interest among recent donors in creating family foundations.

The survey finds that nearly 70 percent of all family funds have been created during the past 25 years — and that 60 percent of these newer foundations say they plan to contribute more to their foundations in the future.

“Without a doubt, much of the field as we know it is at its earliest stage of development,” NCFP president Virginia Esposito told The Chronicle.

The full report will be available in mid-November.

The survey is considered the first statistically significant research of its kind on family foundations and will become a benchmark for family philanthropy. NCFP expects to conduct follow-up studies every three to four years.