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 The Leighty Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, Sobrato Family Foundation, Philanthropy Northwest, and the Rasmuson 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 Memoriam – Herman Daniel "Ike" Leighty

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ike Leighty, longtime Friend of the Family and Founder of The Leighty Foundation. He is survived by his wife Emile Stingley Leighty, son Bill Leighty, daughter Jane Leighty Justis (NCFP Board Member), grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. Ike was the co-founder of Engineered Products Company in Waterloo, Iowa, where he was a business and community leader for fifty years. In his Founder Intent document written in July, 1999, he wrote, "My family is my #1 interest! I hope that they grow together as stewards of all our family gene pools as well as the Foundation."  A video tribute was also featured in NCFP's July edition of the Family Giving News quote of the month, which can be found here.

Haas family honored with Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy

The Haas Family, based in Philadelphia, has been awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, due to their philanthropic giving spanning over 80 years and through four generations. The Haas family foundation, now known as the William Penn Foundation, is committed to enhancing the Greater Philadelphia region in the areas of educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged students, the arts, culture, and the development of public places. The Haas family also extends their commitment to philanthropy through other foundations created by family members and direct service to the community.

Philanthropy Northwest launches the Momentum Fellowship and introduces its Fellows

Philanthropy Northwest proudly launches its Momentum Fellowship, a program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector. The participating foundations for the first year of this program include: Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation (NCFP Friend of the Family), and Northwest Health Foundation. The eight individuals chosen as Momentum Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and will be meeting this week for their first cohort meeting for the fellowship program. While the fellows work to achieve each foundation’s mission, they will be provided a space to share experiences, discuss issues related to equity and inclusion, and expand their professional skill sets and networks through mentorship and professional development.

TheatreWorks to honor the Sobrato family and Sobrato Philanthropies at local gala

TheatreWorks, the nationally-acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, will honor the Sobrato family and Sobrato Philanthropies at their Anything Goes costume gala. Theatreworks gave tribute to the family on their website stating, "For more than 50 years, John A. and his wife Susan have shared their business success with the Valley, raising their three children - John Michael Sobrato, Lisa Sobrato Sosini and Sheri Sobrato Brisson to engage deeply in community concerns. This multi-generational legacy of philanthropy was formalized by Lisa in 1996 with the establishment of Sobrato Philanthropies, a private family foundation committed to sustaining the philanthropic legacy of the Sobrato family. Sobrato Philanthropies has made contributions to local agencies totaling more than $314.5M."

Lisa Sobrato Sosini, Board Member of the Sobrato Family Foundation, will be speaking at the National Forum on Family Philanthropy's Afternoon Tea Plenary: The Giving Pledge. She will share how her family is learning from and sharing with one another and their peers about this experience.

 

In Memoriam – R. Frank Davis

R. Frank Davis of Concord, North Carolina, passed away August 24, 2015. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and two grandchildren. After spending three decades as an admissions and chief development officer at Berry College, Brevard College, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Mercer University, and Wingate University, Davis joined The Cannon Foundation and then became its Executive Director in 2000. During his tenure, the Foundation worked to expand its grant making across North Carolina. Along with many other professional associations, he was a past President of the Donors Forum in Charlotte and a member of the Trustee Council of CMC-Union Medical Center.

 

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
  •          John M. Belk Educational Endowment
  •          C.E. and S. Foundation
  •          Arie and Ida Crown Memorial
  •          Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  •          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
  •          Anderson Valley Foundation
  •          Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
  •          Ansara Family Fund
  •          Apex Foundation
  •          Aslan Foundation
  •          Bader Philanthropies
  •          Bainum Family Foundation
  •          Barnes Foundation
  •          Barry Foundation
  •          Ben & Maytee Fisch Foundation
  •          Berman Foundation
  •          Bernstein Family Foundation
  •          Bigglesworth Family Foundation
  •          Birk Family Foundation
  •          Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  •          Blumenthal Foundation
  •          Boone Family Foundation
  •          Borgen Family Foundation
  •          Brindle Foundation
  •          Brinson Foundation
  •          Burton Family Foundation
  •          Carlson Family Foundation
  •          Carol & James Collins Foundation
  •          Carolyn Foundation
  •          Castellano Family Foundation
  •          Cedar Tree Foundation
  •          Cemala Foundation
  •          Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  •          Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation
  •          CL Werner Foundation
  •          Colina Foundation
  •          Compton Foundation
  •          Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  •          Couch Family Foundation
  •          Crevier Family Foundation
  •          CS Fund
  •          Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
  •          The Dakota Foundation
  •          Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation
  •          David and Lura Lovell 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
  •          Five Anonymous Donors
  •          Fleishhacker Foundation
  •          Fletcher Bay 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
  •          Fredman Family Foundation
  •          Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
  •          Frist Foundation
  •          Fuller Foundation
  •          J.B. Fuqua Foundation
  •          Judy Family Foundation
  •          Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
  •          George Foundation
  •          Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation
  •          Gilhousen Family Foundation
  •          Gobioff Foundation
  •          John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
  •          Graham C. Lount Family Foundation
  •          Grayce B. Kerr Foundation
  •          Grousemont Foundation
  •          Hackett Family Foundation
  •          Hardee Family Foundation
  •          Hatfield Family Foundation
  •          Hattie M. Strong Foundation
  •          Heising-Simons 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
  •          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-Valentine Foundation
  •          Legacy Works Foundation
  •          Leonetti/O'Connell 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
  •          Morgan Family Foundation
  •          Mr. David Rockefeller
  •          Muirfield Foundation
  •          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 and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
  •          Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  •          Pierce Family Foundation
  •          Pilgrim Foundation
  •          Pilot House Associates
  •          Quixote Foundation
  •          R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
  •          Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
  •          Rasmuson Foundation
  •          Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Foundation
  •          Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
  •          Richard Brooke Foundation
  •          Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  •          Ross Foundation
  •          Rossi Family 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
  •          Sand Hill Foundation
  •          Satterberg Foundation
  •          Sauer Children's Renew Foundation
  •          Schooler Family Foundation
  •          Self Family Foundation
  •          Siragusa Foundation
  •          Snave Foundation
  •          Sobrato Family Foundation
  •          Springs Close Foundation
  •          Stocker Foundation
  •          George B. Storer Foundation
  •          Stuart 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 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
  •          Thompson Charitable Foundation
  •          Thomson Family 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
  •          Wesik 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
  •          Wyomissing Foundation
  •          Zarrow Families Foundation
  •          Ziegler Family Foundation
  •          Zilber Family Foundation