Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from Packard Foundation; Communities Foundation of TexasThe Durfee FoundationEvelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Bainum Family Foundation; The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; and Bader Philanthropies.

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Packard Foundation launches New Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center

The Organizational Effectiveness team at the Packard Foundation is excited to share its new Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center. The Knowledge Center is a web platform dedicated to sharing our perspective and resources on improving organizational and network effectiveness, and will be taking the place of the OE Wiki. You are invited to explore resourceson topics from Leadership and Coaching to Strategic Planning. This curated website houses content that will equip its partners—whether nonprofit organizations or NGOs, funders, or capacity building consultants—to make their work even stronger.

North Texas Giving Day, run by the Communities Foundation of Texas, raises a record $37 Million 

The online-fundraising event topped last year’s take by about $4 million to set a new mark for the nation’s biggest giving day, Dallas Business Journal reports. Nearly 143,000 donations from all 50 states came in during an 18-hour giving window, and, for the first time in the event’s eight-year history, every participating nonprofit — 2,518 in all — received a donation. Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, Tex., raised the most money, collecting $638,414. 

The Durfee Foundation has a new website!  

The beautiful new website recently launched by the Durfee Foundation emphasizes the local programs that its affiliates dedicate so much time to. Above all, the foundation’s focus is on extraordinary people who are making a better Los Angeles. And it shows on the new website! This updated platform reflects, in the series of photos that adorn the landing page, the community and affiliates that work with the Durfee Foundation to create a better Los Angles in unexpected ways.

Sylvia Yee Reflects: 23 Years at the Haas, Jr. Fund

“What is the change you want to make in the world?”

A colleague posed this question to Ms. Yee early on in her career in philanthropy. As she reflects back on her 23 years at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, she shares these thoughts:  “I have come to see the Fund as a place where I had the privilege to keep returning to this question. It is a place where I was able to support others to articulate and realize their bold visions of the future. And it is a place where I was able to dream big alongside grantees, funders and other partners about the difference we wanted to see in the world.” Congratulations and best wishes to Sylvia!

The Bainum Family Foundation Sponsors a New Online Resource for D.C. Early Care Providers

The Bainum Family Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of Early Childhood Share DC, a one-stop resource that helps early care and learning providers in the District of Columbia save time, reduce costs and increase quality. The new site features more than 1,200 classroom and administration resources, plus discounts at leading vendors and direct links to key forms and websites. Through the Foundation's sponsorship, it is being provided at no cost to licensed providers in the District. Early Childhood Share DC is part of the foundation's comprehensive commitment to improve early childhood across the District. It will help to increase the supply of high-quality early learning seats and encourage the use of best practices in all early learning settings.

The Task Force for Global Health announced as the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize recipient

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announces The Task Force for Global Health as the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize recipient. Based in Atlanta, The Task Force addresses large-scale health problems in 151 countries, primarily affecting people living in extreme poverty. The Task Force has been a pioneer in global health for 32 years and is a major partner in the global effort to eliminate three neglected tropical diseases by 2025—blinding trachoma, river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. See our award announcement for an in-depth look at the organization’s mission and incredible achievements. The Task Force will formally accept the $2 million award during the Prize Symposium on September 30, 2016. 

The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. joins a group of funders to expand play in public schools

A small group of lesser-known foundations recently made a major investment in expanding play in public schools. The Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and Jenesis Group all came together to pour $26 million in support of the exapansion of Playworks AIM, an effort to bring safe and healthy activities to some 3.5 million children nationwide. The focus here is helping kids build social and emotional skills, a red-hot issue in education today, and these funders (along with Playworks) believe that students can do this in large part through play-based activities. By the end of 2020, they hope to reach their goal by expanding coaching and training services and adding team-based online learnng and strategic support for schools.

Exciting personnel changes at Bader Philanthropies

Kristen Lie joined the Bader Philanthropies team this summer as the Grants Administrator. Prior to joining Bader Philanthropies, Kristen was the Education & Communications Support Specialist at UW-Extension Kenosha and a Grants Administrator for Interfaith Older Adult Programs and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. Tammy Jefferson has been promoted to the newly created role of Program Coordinator.  In her new role, Tammy will serve as the liaison between grantees and the program team.  In addition, she will work on special program-related projects and research issues of interest to the Foundation. Congratulations to both Kristen and Tammy.

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 maureen@ncfp.orgSpecial Thanks: NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle members