The National Center for Family Philanthropy is delighted to announce Neil Sumilas as its vice president of planning and management. In this role, Neil manages NCFP's administrative and financial operations, strategic planning, staffing and personnel, and Board relations.
Prior to joining NCFP in October 2015, Neil was an independent consultant advising organizations on programmatic and management issues unique to the non-profit world. He served both non-profit and for-profit clients, including advocacy and political groups, a historical museum, and a boutique law firm. Before establishing his consulting practice in 2014, Neil was the Managing Director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States for four years. Prior to being named Managing Director, he oversaw GMF’s alumni activities and leadership development programs, including the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.
Neil received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has recently returned to Georgetown, where he is pursuing his MBA at the McDonough School of Business.
A note from Neil Sumilas, VP of Planning and Management, National Center for Family Philanthropy:
I am so happy to be joining the NCFP team, and look forward to working with my colleagues, the board of directors, and all of NCFP’s friends (and families)! During my career, I have engaged with a wide range of non-profits, including think tanks, museums, political and advocacy groups, and community foundations. While this is my first foray into working directly with family foundations, I have been fortunate to see the impact of family philanthropy in different settings over the years.
As I settle in at NCFP, I am eager to apply many of the lessons I’ve learned throughout my career. More importantly, I look forward to learning about the field of family philanthropy, and to understanding its place in the philanthropic world. The ability of family foundations to be nimble and to react quickly to emerging issues presents a unique opportunity to make a difference. As giving families continue to seek out opportunities for impact, we at NCFP stand ready to serve as a valuable resource to them.
In 2017, NCFP will mark its 20th anniversary, and – while we will naturally reflect on what we have accomplished in that time – we will also use that milestone to look to the future. Family philanthropy is always evolving, and its influence will only continue to grow. I am excited to be a part of that evolution and to make a positive impact in the years to come.