Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the William Penn Foundationthe Haas, Jr. Fund; the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Bainum Family Foundation.

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William Penn Foundation gives $42M to protect Delaware River

Philadelphia’s William Penn Foundation says it is injecting an additional $42 million into protecting the Delaware River watershed, an area encompassing thousands of square miles that provides drinking water and recreation to people in four states. The money, to be spent over three years, will bring the total to more than $100 million the foundation has pledged to the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, which began in 2014.

The Haas, Jr. Fund Supports New Initiative That Will Help Undocumented Young People in California

The Haas, Jr. Fund is now joining with six other foundations to support the California Campus Catalyst Fund, a multimillion dollar, three-year initiative to expand support for undocumented students and their families across the state’s three public higher education systems: California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California.  

Additionally, the Haas, Jr. Fund officially welcomed three members of the third generation of the Haas, Jr. family to the Board of Directors: Elise Haas, Jesse Eisenhardt, and Walter A. Haas III.  

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Announces Grantee Perception Report Findings

Last year marked the third time that the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation partnered with the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to survey their grantees through the Grantee Perception Report (GPR). The GPR is a confidential survey that gives grantees a voice while providing the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation with a comprehensive assessment of grantee perceptions of their performance. The report shows significant improvement in many areas since the last survey in 2014, placing the Hilton Foundation near the top of many measures in CEP’s dataset. 

The Hilton Foundation Understands "It Takes Time" to Bring Safe Water to All in Africa

How can philanthropy be a vanguard in confronting the life-and-death challenges facing millions of people worldwide in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)? In Ghana and elsewhere, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is working on district-based programs to bring multiple disciplines together. The goal is simple: to “get the job done" and promote water-service delivery that can withstand time and regional political infighting and bureaucracy, which are major challenges.

Bainum Family Foundation Marks 50th Anniversary in 2018

The Bainum Family Foundation announced a series of mission-focused activities they have planned throughout 2018 designed to: Honor the legacy of founders Stewart and Jane Bainum; Honor the communities served by the Foundation and the partners who make its work possible; Share lessons learned from its 50-year history to strengthen partners and the philanthropic field.

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