Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Allyn Family Foundation; Bainum Family Foundation; Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation; and the Self Family Foundation. Also included is a link to 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 the families involved in NCFP's Friends of the Family network? Go here.

Allyn Foundation increases assets to $100 million in fight against CNY poverty

The Allyn Foundation plans to more than triple its assets to $100 million, part of a vigorous effort to address poverty and related issues in Central New York. The donation to the private, family foundation comes from Bill and Lew Allyn and their children and grandchildren. The foundation gave $1.6 million to more than 200 area organizations in 2015, and will distribute at least $5 million after new money arrives in full, executive director Megan O'Connell said today.

"With our gift to the Allyn Foundation, we are reaffirming our deep commitment to the Central New York community," said Bill Allyn, chairman of the Allyn Foundation Board of Directors, in a news release.

Bainum Family Foundation report details status of the Washington DC's youngest residents

One year ago, the Bainum Family Foundation made a five-year, $10 million commitment, as part of the White House Invest in US challenge, to improve early learning opportunities in the District of Columbia. Today, as an important
first step, we are pleased to present "Infants and Toddlers in the District of Columbia: A Statistical Look at Needs and Disparities."

Commissioned by the Foundation and produced by Child Trends, this new report takes a critical look at the challenges facing the District's youngest children and their families. It finds that the District is a tale of two cities, with wide disparities between neighborhoods in terms of support for healthy births, quality child development, and school readiness. The report data, along with conversations with experts, advocates, and service providers, demonstrate a great need to improve support for children and families, particularly those living east of the Anacostia River in the District's Wards 7 and 8.

Learn more about how the District can address the needs of its most vulnerable residents. Download the Report

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

As part of it's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning program, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has publicly released the latest evaluation of its ongoing Chronic Homelessness Initiative. The evaluation is designed to provide both interim milestones related to improving the systems for serving people experiencing chronic homelessness and estimates of the effect of permanent supportive housing (PSH) on its residents and on the problem of chronic homelessness. Hilton describes it's commitment to evaluation and learning as follows, "As highlighted in a recent report from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, we purposely embed collective learning into the design of our strategic initiatives, involving grantees who are working toward a shared set of goals..."

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Selects Genaro Lopez-Rendon as Next President

Genaro Lopez-Rendon, a 40-year-old community organizer and father from San Antonio, Texas, has been selected as President of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. He will assume the presidency on February 1, 2016. Lopez-Rendon is the former Executive Director of the Southwest Workers Union and a third-generation community/Chicano organizer with deep connections to social movements across the country. “I have always fought for a better world, but now as a new father of two young daughters, I see the world through their eyes and my urgency to realize this vision has become fervent,” said Lopez-Rendon. “My selection sends a clear message that social justice movements will continue to be at the heart of the Noyes Foundation’s giving and programs.”

"We could not be more delighted than to have Genaro join Noyes as our next President," said Wendy Holding, Chair of the Board. "His deep understanding of movement building gives him a powerful vision and voice for change. Genaro is the right person at the right time for Noyes as we continue our efforts to catalyze philanthropy to build the power of people directly impacted so they can be activiely involved in advancing solutions to the challenges we all face."

Two join Self Family Foundation Board

Dr. Laurie Self Pulver and the Rev. Ankoma D. Anderson Sr. were elected trustees of the Self Family Foundation board of trustees at the board's Dec.19 meeting. Pulver, of Asheville, North Carolina, is a native of Greenwood, a graduate of Davidson College, UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health and Duke University School of Medicine. Officers were also elected during at the time. Anderson is a native of Greenwood, an honors graduate of Emerald High School and received a BS degree in Chemistry from Lander University.

Special Thanks: 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. See a complete list of NCFP Leadership Circle and Friends of the Family. Or, for more information, please contact Maureen Esposito at 202.293.3276 or at