Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott FoundationThe Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; The Community Foundation InitiativeBessemer Trust; The Perrin Family FoundationWalter & Elise Haas Fund and The Greater Houston Community Foundation

Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good 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.

Video Release: The Knott Foundation’s History & Mission

The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation released a short film showcasing the history and mission of the Foundation. After four decades of grantmaking in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, they wanted to tell the story of who their founders are, why they created the Foundation, and how multiple generations of the Knott family are involved in the work they do today. The video also details how their founders’ vision and legacy continues to strengthen the community in and around Baltimore. 

Schusterman Foundation Selects 30 Outstanding Jewish Leaders for Global Fellowship

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation announced today that it has selected 30 outstanding Jewish professional and volunteer leaders from around the world for the third cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship. The Fellowship is an executive-level leadership program that features individualized professional development experiences and empowers Fellows to address specific needs within their organizations.

Bessemer Trust and Colleagues Remember Paul Connolly

Bessemer Trust colleagues and clients express their deepest sympathy on the death of Paul Matthew Connolly, Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services, who passed away on March 29, 2017. NCFP has enjoyed a partnership with Bessemer Trust, who sponsored NCFP's National Forum for Family Philanthropy in the past. Paul made a large and lasting impact during his three-year tenure. He raised Bessemer’s standing in the philanthropic community by skillfully connecting people, sharing his vast knowledge, and serving as an ambassador for the firm. 

Job Post: Program Associate - Perrin Family Foundation

The Perrin Family Foundation is seeking a creative, forward thinking Program Associate to provide key administrative and programmatic support for the foundation’s core operations, communications, and grantmaking. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. Cover letter and resume should be submitted via email by May 30, 2017.

Pam David to Step Down as  Walter & Elise Haas Fund Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund has announced that Executive Director Pam David will step down at the end of 2017, bringing her successful 15-year tenure to a close. Under her leadership, the Fund launched an effective program area addressing economic security for the working poor, continued its commitment to public education, celebrated the Creative Work Fund’s 20th anniversary, and supported innovation in the Jewish community.

NCFP President Ginny Esposito Speaking at Greater Houston Community Foundation

Ginny Esposito is speaking at a keynote luncheon hosted by the Greater Houston Community Foundation on September 28th. GHCF is part of the National Center for Family Philanthropy's Community Foundation Initiative, which supports the special roles community foundations play with philanthropic families as a trusted resource and partner. GHCF convenes leading philanthropists with a variety of programs and events based on donor interest. The GHCF team also serves as ongoing advisors and provides access to knowledge resources, research, and a peer network of donors with similar interests. 

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