Pride of Place

About this collection: This Content Collection features NCFP's report providing the first-ever in-depth look examining place-based, multi-generational family giving, along with a variety of other resources and case studies on place-based family philanthropy.

Curated By: Jason Born
Sponsored By: JF Maddox Foundation

Pride of Place: The Report

Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family Commitment to Geography

How has place-based family philanthropy evolved over time? NCFP is proud to publish Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family Commitment to Geography, a study of place-based foundations and funds. A place-based foundation or fund is committed—often exclusively—to a particular geographic region of the country.
March 14, 2019

Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family’s Commitment to Community

What does it mean to have “pride of place”? How do giving families retain their commitment to the founding region or community where their philanthropic resources were first created? How can family foundations and funds accommodate increasingly disparate personal interests among those serving on the board while staying true to…

Case Studies and Reports

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Pride of Place: Bradley-Turner Foundation, Columbus, Georgia

Impact Story
If the challenge of managing a place-based foundation across multiple generations is daunting to many, it makes sense to look closely to the Bradley-Turner Foundation as the fifth generation of that family prepares to welcome the sixth to the work of the family foundation.

Jacobs Family Foundation: Be Fearless Case Study

Impact Story
An abandoned lot, an experimental initial public offering (IPO) and a culture that believes that failure leads to learning inspired the Jacobs Family Foundation to transform its business model from traditional grantmaker to place-based funder to maximize impact without sacrificing its core values and mission. A Be Fearless case study,…

Funding Locally

Local philanthropy has a long and impressive history. Individuals have given to help communities where they feel a special connection over many generations. And community foundations have for decades epitomized the potential to build nonprofit capacity and philanthropy in a particular area.

Additional Case Studies

The Promise of Place-Based Partnerships (Ballmer Group, 2022)

Three Approaches to Place-based Philanthropy: Lessons for Donors from the Imago Dei Foundation (Giving Compass, 2020)

Funder Spotlight: Durfee Foundation (Whitman Institute, 2017)

Embedded Philanthropy and the Pursuit of Civic Engagement (The Foundation Review, 2009)

Focused Philanthropy: The Steans Family Foundation North Lawndale Initiative (Harvard, 1998)

Reports and Articles

Lessons from Place-Based Philanthropy (Giving Compass, 2019)

Place-Based Philanthropy Supports Urban Sustainability (Philanthropy Northwest, 2017)

The Art and Science of Place-Based Philanthropy: Themes From a National Convening (The Foundation Review, 2016)

Towards a Better Place Conference Report (Aspen Institute, 2015)

Trust is What Powers Place-based Philanthropy (Philanthropy Northwest, 2014)

Impact Investing and Place-Based Philanthropy

Investing Together: Emerging Approaches in Collaborative Place-Based Impact Investing (Urban Institute, 2018)

The Capacities Foundations Need to Embark on Place-Based Impact Investing (GreenMoney, 2019)

Invest in where you know: Impact investors rediscover the power of ‘place’ (ImpactAlpha, 2018)

Where Does Your Cash Sleep at Night? (Exponent Philanthropy, 2019)