Faith and Family Philanthropy

About this collection: This special Content Collection shares chapters from NCFP's timeless "Faith and Family Philanthropy Journal," including stories of families who have derived a core part of their purpose and passion from their faith.

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A family’s journey toward faith-directed philanthropy can begin with a single step—a look at your own values, motives, and traditions. This special Content Collection shares chapters from NCFP’s timeless Faith and Family Philanthropy Journal, including stories of families who have derived a core part of their purpose and passion from their faith.

NCFP Webinars

December 12, 2012

Family Philanthropy at the Holidays: Faith, Gratitude & Tradition

According to the 2012 Bank of America Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, 43 percent of the households they surveyed said they make more charitable contributions during the holiday season (October to December) than during the rest of the year. What are the connections between the holidays and family giving? How do …
December 10, 2009

The Role of Faith and Cultural Traditions in Family Philanthropy

For most families, December is a time for observing traditions, many of which are grounded in our various faiths and cultures. Philanthropy is both a tenet and an expression of those traditions. In this teleconference, Ambassador James Joseph will help listeners understand how benevolent traditions have transformed our national life. …

Perspectives on Faith and Family Philanthropy

Andrew Carnegie: The Gospel of Wealth

Book Chapter
Long accustomed to the excesses of the robber barons of industry, the American public was startled in 1889 when one of the wealthiest men in the nation — and in the world — issued his great manifesto, “The Gospel of Wealth.” Powerfully influenced by his strict Scottish Presbyterian heritage, Andrew Carnegie urged rich …

David Trickett: Wealth and Giving – Notes from a Spiritual Frontier

Book Chapter
What are the relationships between faith and wealth, on the one hand, and faith and giving, on the other? This essay from 'Faith and Family Philanthropy' will help families address the important links between their faith, spirituality, and philanthropy and serve as an educational tool for wealth advisors to use …

Richard A. Lord: Finding Grace, Gratitude, and Generosity in the Episcopal Church

Book Chapter
Do religious organizations have the spiritual authority to challenge congregants to lead more generous lives? In the religious context, is charitable giving more than a financial matter? This case study from 'Faith and Family Philanthropy' suggests that giving is an emotional and spiritual practice that, over the course of a …

Claude Norcott: when Congregations Offer Guidance on Philanthropy

Book Chapter
How can families of faith draw on congregational worship to find outlets for their charitable giving and how can donor families use congregational worship to instill charitable values in their children? This chapter from ‘Faith and Family Philanthropy’ describes how experiences in congregational worship provide powerful motivations for family giving …

Donor and Family Stories

Amal and Momtaz Mansour: A Coptic Christian family’s expressions of faith

Book Chapter
This case study from ‘Faith and Family Philanthropy’ explores the role and impact of the Coptic Christian church on family philanthropy. Church and Coptic families often encourage even the youngest children to consider charity a central element in their lives. The Mansour family, profiled here, established a family tradition that …

The Schustermans: a Jewish Family’s Expressions of Faith and Philanthropy

Book Chapter
This personal account from ‘Faith and Family Philanthropy’ describes the fascinating journey that the author and her husband took in discovering their own faith while rediscovering their family roots and Hebric religious traditions. ‘Jewish law dictates that if there is a choice between assisting members of your family and helping …

Alan B. Slifka: One Man’s Faith Based Mission

Book Chapter
This profile from NCFP's 'Faith and Family Philanthropy' journal describes that late philanthropist Alan B. Slifka's faith-based mission and efforts to teach and support Israeli Arabs and Jews to be respectful neighbors.

Rebecca Adamson: Rediscovering the Native-American Experience

Book Chapter
Native Americans now live both with change and tradition in many areas of their lives, including giving practices. Sharing and exchanging gifts are scarcely new to Native Americans; personalized giving is bedrock to their culture. For many, however, large scale, institutional, formalized philanthropy is a new concept, as described in …

FADICA: How Catholic Family Philanthropy Keeps a Hallowed Tradition

Book Chapter
Catholic family foundations have organized into a donor group that provides highly motivated, carefully directed giving to nurture and revitalize Catholicism in the U.S. and worldwide. This overview from 'Faith and Family Philanthropy' features a brief history of Catholic philanthropy, and a discussion of the current challenges and opportunities …