Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from Philanthropy New YorkThe Nathan Cummings Foundation; The W.K. Kellogg Foundation; The Nord Family FoundationThe Tracy Family Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

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Hurricane Harvey Recovery Webinar: How Donors Can Help

The “Hurricane Harvey Recovery: How Donors Can Help” webinar on August 29, 2017, gathered several expert panelists to discuss catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana, and how to allocate resources—human, financial, and technical—to meet the needs of Hurricane Harvey-affected communities. Watch the webinar recording to learn more about recovery challenges and opportunities.

No Home for Hate: A Statement from the Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation released a statement that stands with peaceful protesters risking their lives to fight against ideologies of hate. The foundation will continue to support people that are directly confronting hate and working across lines of difference to build bridges, not walls.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO Delivered Speech to the United States Conference of Mayors

W.K. Kellogg Foundation President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron delivered a powerful speech to the United States Conference of Mayors on Aug. 10, 2017. Read the transcript of the speech, asking the Conference of Mayors to end business as usual and push aside the governing credo from their predecessors that perpetuated inequality.

Nord Family Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

The Nord Family Foundation announced the list of nonprofit organizations in the fields of health and social services, education, civic affairs and arts that have been awarded grants, according to a media release. The approved grants totaled $2,684,221 to be disbursed in Lorain County; Cuyahoga County; Columbia, S.C.; Denver; Boston; and other areas of interest.

Tracy Family Foundation Names New Executive Director

Dan Teefey has been hired as executive director of the Tracy Family Foundation. As executive director, Teefey will be responsible for developing strategic direction, providing philanthropic leadership, and managing day-to-day operations.

Waltons give UA $120 million to establish School of Art

The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation has made a $120 million gift to establish a School of Art at the University of Arkansas. It's described as the largest gift ever to a U.S. university in support of a school of art. This foundation is a separate, and smaller, entity from the Walton Family Foundation. The support foundation specifically helps colleges and universities in five states — Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Texas.

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