Posts by National Center for Family Philanthropy

What do we call our non-family board members?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 18, 2014

Currently, we use the term “non-family” board member for board members who are not members of our founding family, but we would like to find another term for these individuals. What do you suggest? We agree that the default term non-family is not necessarily the most inspiring way to describe the...

How do we prepare young adults for involvement in our family’s philanthropy?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 29, 2014

There are many strategies for teaching young adults about family philanthropy, and preparing them to become involved. Here we share NCFP's special new slideshow providing several suggestions for families thinking about how to build and engage a new generation of philanthropic leadership.

Dr. Richard Rockefeller: In memoriam

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 23, 2014

NCFP was deeply saddened earlier this month upon news of the death of Richard Rockefeller. Richard was part of the opening plenary for our 10th anniversary symposium with his daughter, Rebecca. He was a remarkable man, whose many roles included serving as a physician who worked on PTSD for war veterans...

Can you recommend a short video on family foundation board responsibilities?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 22, 2014

As a matter of fact, we can! We're pleased to share our new video, "So you want to be a family foundation board member," created especially for teenagers and young adults in search of a quick and lighthearted introduction to the many responsibilities of being a family foundation board member:     Also...

Susan Packard Orr named first Distinguished Fellow in Family Philanthropy

BOSTON – The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) today announced that Susan Packard Orr, Chair of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, is its first Distinguished Fellow in Family Philanthropy. The announcement was made at the first National Forum on Family Philanthropy, taking place...

Inspiration, revelation, and transformation: preparing for the first-ever National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on April 29, 2014

Next week, 250 of the nation’s leading proponents and practitioners of family giving will gather at the National Forum on Family Philanthropy to celebrate, debate, and discuss the role and value of family involvement in private philanthropy. In small and intimate sessions, more than 65 speakers from...

Thoughts from #ncfp14 advisory committee members & speakers

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on April 29, 2014

The Inaugural National Forum on Family Philanthropy will bring together more than 250 representatives from family foundations, donor advised funds, family offices and other charitable programs along with prominent business, academic and philanthropic leaders for fresh perspectives, new research and...

An invitation to a new peer network for non-family staff

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 21, 2014

This month’s “Voices in the Field” comes from the two co-chairs of the new NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Learning Network: Andrea Sholler, Associate Director of the Tow Foundation in Connecticut, and Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Executive Vice President of the Siragusa Foundation in Chicago....

The value of transparency

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 20, 2013

"In the world of philanthropy, people are either going to trust us and see us as a transparent, honest broker or they're not. And if we demonstrate transparency and honesty along the way, we tend to get that back. And if we don't, we tend not to get that back."  --Rachel Monroe, President, Harry and...

Giving while living: Melinda Gates

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: The National Center has been delighted to partner in 2013 with the Bridgespan Group to share videos from its Conversations with Remarkable Givers series. In this month’s installment, our final in this series, we feature Bridgespan’s interview with Melinda Gatesh, board member and guiding...

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