Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Carlson Family Foundation; Raikes Foundation; S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; Robins Foundation; Tarsadia FoundationFlora Family Foundation; Hyde Family Foundation; The Clowes Fund; and Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation.

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Mott Foundation Awards $11 Million to UM-Flint for STEM Education

The University of Michigan-Flint has announced an $11 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in support of its STEM programs. This grant is one of the largest grants ever awarded UM-Flint. The funds will support the continued growth of the university’s programs in science, technology, engineering, and math by providing increased support and research opportunities for STEM faculty and by funding new strategies for recruiting and retaining talented students.

Join the Carlson Family Foundation and Raikes Foundation at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC on February 1-3, 2017

The National Mentoring Partnership, is hosting the National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC on February 1-3, 2017. They have been working to build a workshop track and special programming for corporations, foundations and individual donors interested in investing and/or engaging in youth mentoring. The Partnership is extending a special discount to the NCFP network – offering registration at $325 which represents a $100 discount when they use code PPTPartner when registering at

S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation reflects on the first eight years of the foundation’s spend down

“As 2016 draws to a close, we can look back at eight years since the Board of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation made the decision to invest all its assets. We began to form the Foundation spend-down strategy in 2009; since that time the Foundation’s focus, goals, and programs have been strongly influenced by external forces and shaped by timely opportunities. The story of our spend-down to date has many themes, and represents a dynamic interplay between external events, Foundation knowledge and relationships, and our human and financial resources. One way we are depicting these themes, and their connections, is through a spend-down timeline (PDF). This new tool highlights major Foundation investments in the context of changes affecting California’s environmental and educational landscapes, and it tracks the size of our staff, endowment, and grantmaking over the spend down years.”

Robins Foundation Awards FIVE Innovation Grants Totaling $1.2 Million

ChildSavers has been named the winner of the third annual Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant by the Robins Foundation for a visionary project designed to help students and teachers in Richmond’s East End schools overcome the impact of childhood trauma. The $500,000 grant has been awarded to a collaboration conceived and spearheaded by ChildSavers, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) and Richmond Public Schools (RPS) called the Richmond Public Schools Resiliency Partnership. For more information on the other four amazing organizations that received grants please follow the link above.

NCFP Friends highlighted in Barron’s article, “Family Foundations: Millennials Take Charge”

Next gen engagement is one of the most important trends to watch in family philanthropy. Barron’s magazine highlighted multiple family foundations engaging the next gen in various ways. NCFP friends Tarsadia Foundation, Flora Family Foundation, and Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation are all mentioned in the above article. Check it out!

Hyde Family Foundation gives $1M to Church Health in Memphis

The Hyde Family Foundation has provided Church Health with a $1 million gift as the health care provider targeting uninsured workers and their families prepares to relocate to Crosstown Concourse early next year, officials announced Wednesday. Of the $1 million, half will support capital expenses, they said. The other half will be used to fund a two-for-one matching grant challenge to help Church Health raise another $1 million through donations of $2,500 to $24,999.

The Clowes Fund Announces Seattle Exit Strategy

The Clowes Fund, Inc., a foundation based in Indianapolis, will stop making grants in Seattle by 2021. The foundation has awarded nearly $7 million to charitable organizations in the Seattle area since 2000. Executive Director Beth Casselman said that the decision follows the death in 2015 of the foundation’s long-time president, Alexander W. Clowes, M.D., who was the foundation’s sole Seattle resident. “The board gave careful consideration to the good work accomplished by Fund grants to date in Seattle, and the desire to avoid future harm to our Seattle-based grant partners, and settled upon an understanding that the Fund will work toward a gradual wind down of its Seattle grantmaking,” Casselman said.

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