Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Nord Family Foundation; the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundationthe Rasmuson Foundation; the Zilber Family Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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CEP Report Profiles How the Nord Family Foundation and Other Foundations Understand Those They Seek to Help

A report released by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) profiles five foundations’ efforts to develop understanding of their beneficiaries’ needs and incorporate that understanding into their work. The report, titled Staying Connected: How Five Foundations Understand Those They Seek to Help, includes interviews with foundations rated highly by their grantees for their understanding of their beneficiaries’ needs. These foundations have a range of focus areas, from students to children and adults in need of affordable health care. NCFP friend of the family, the Nord Family Foundation, is one of five foundations profiled in the report. 

Inside Philanthropy Announces 2017 Philanthropy Award Recipients Including NCFP Board Member

Inside Philanthropy announced their annual IP Philanthropy Awards, or IPPYs. NCFP Board Member, Katherine Lorenz, took home the award for “Most Effective Heir.” Lorenz has reinvented the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation through an inclusive process that's engaged a gaggle of relatives and also become a key leader in the field of family philanthropy. Farhad Ebrahimi, a speaker at the 2017 National Forum on Family Philanthropy, was named “Most Radical Heir.” Ebrahimi's Chorus Foundation stands out for empowering grassroots groups. 

Rasmuson Foundation Announces Recipients of 2018 Sabbatical Program

The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska, has announced the names of seven nonprofit leaders in the state selected to participate in the foundation's 2018 Sabbatical program. The program, which awards up to $40,000 per individual to cover recipients' salary and expenses while they are on sabbatical, is designed to keep effective leaders engaged in the nonprofit sector by enabling them to step away from their jobs for three to six months of rest, reflection, and rejuvenation.

Zilber Family Foundation Announces $3.03 Million in Grants to Benefit Milwaukeeans

The board of directors of the Zilber Family Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling $3,035,000 to nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee, bringing the total for 2017 to $7,847,265. The grants support organizations working to address the causes and consequences of poverty in Clarke Square, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights, and other city neighborhoods.  Through the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, the Foundation funds local efforts to meet basic needs, increase access to social and economic opportunity, and improve the quality of life in a 110-block area on the city’s north side and a 170-block area on the south side. 

Hilton Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $29 Million

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in Agoura Hills, California, has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling more than $29 million. The grants will provide support to organizations working in the areas of homelessness, foster youth, hospitality, youth affected by HIV and AIDS, safe water, avoidable blindness, and Catholic education and nuns.

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