Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Zellerbach Family Foundationthe Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region; the David Rockefeller Fund; the Sobrato Family Foundationthe Arizona Community Foundation; the Frey Foundation and the Self Family Foundation.

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Zellerbach Family Foundation Accepting Applications for Bay Area Art Projects

The Zellerbach Family Foundation is accepting applications for its Community Arts Program, which supports local artists who are creating new and innovative work that is representative of the diverse cultures and communities of the Bay Area. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to projects in the areas of dance, theater, visual arts, music, festivals, poetry, literature, and publications. Priority will be given to contemporary performance-oriented.

Community Foundation for Fox Valley Region Receives $100 Million Gift

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region in Appleton, Wisconsin, has announced an estate gift of more than $100 million from former media executive David L. Nelson and his wife, Rita. The bequest, which more than quintuples the largest previous gift to the foundation, will establish the David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund at the foundation and generate millions of dollars in grants annually in support of the charitable interests of the Nelsons and their family.

Adam Rockefeller Growald Profiled in Lifestyles Magazine

Adam Growald, NCFP board member and grandson of groundbreaking philanthropist David Rockefeller, spoke of the challenges involved in multigenerational philanthropy, his family’s legacy, ecosystems, and evolution.

The Sobrato Family Foundation Shares What They Have Learned After Giving General Support to Nonprofits for Years

The Sobrato Family Foundation, an early champion of grants to support nonprofits’ operating costs, gave its takeaways from 10 years of that type of grantmaking. Though such grants are becoming more popular, they account for a small share of total philanthropy. Operating support grants are valuable to nonprofits because unlike grants for specific programs, the funds can go to anything in the organization, including administrative salaries and rent.

Arizona Community Foundation Awards $67 Million in Fiscal Year 2018

The Arizona Community Foundation has announced grant, scholarship, and loan distributions totaling more than $67 million from its own funds and statewide affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma.

The Frey Foundation Announces New President Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson has accepted the position of president at the Frey Foundation in Grand Rapids. She previously worked at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation where she served as president for more than six years. Holly’s leadership, background and knowledge of West and Northern Michigan will allow the foundation to continue moving forward in their commitment to sustaining their strategic focus. 

The Self Family Foundation Unveils New Website

The Self Family Foundation goes live with their newly redesigned website. The website reflects their focus on legacy, community, and opportunity.

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