Strategic Philanthropy

This Content Collection features NCFP research, webinars, and additional resources to use as your foundation or family considers its overall strategy and approach to philanthropy.


Developing or Renewing Your Foundation Strategy

Foundation strategy encompasses the philosophical and practical considerations of a family’s philanthropy. What values does the family share, and how do they translate those values into their giving? How do the staff and board make the choices needed to develop a strategy that achieves impact and reflects the family’s vision?

Strategic Planning

Many foundations develop or reassess their strategy through a strategic planning process. Below are sample strategic plan that show a wide range of planning processes and outcomes.

More example strategic plans can be found here. Another useful resource for those looking to engage an outside voice in this process is Hiring a Strategic Planning Consultant.

Case Studies

These case studies illustrate how families have developed and changed their philanthropic strategies:

Other Related Content Collections

In addition to the above resources, NCFP’s Knowledge Center features a variety of other Content Collections which inform the practice of strategic philanthropy. These include:

Advocacy and Lobbying: Foundation Law and Other Resources

Capacity Building: Why, When, and How

Impact Investing

Privacy and Transparency: Anonymous vs. Public Giving

Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Strategic Lifespan and Limited Life Foundations

Taking Risks and Learning From Mistakes

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