We believe that family philanthropy is a critical lever for change. NCFP was founded in 1997 in response to the need for a national source of knowledge and expertise that advances the effectiveness of family philanthropy. Today, NCFP continues to provide resources and peer learning opportunities that position philanthropic families to make positive, meaningful differences in their communities.  

We’re here to help you think through your options, ask the right questions, and connect with others who have been through the same process. We offer a We call on practitioners to be informed, intentional, and effective to realize the purpose and possibilities of positive social impact strategies. We’ll help you embrace proven solutions and our applied learning approach ensures families not only have information to inform decisions, but support as youtake action.

Whether you’re a donor, board member, next=gen family member, CEO, or other staff member, we have the world’s largest collection of resources on family giving to help you navigate your philanthropic effort.

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Carmen and Carmela CastellanoNCFP’s Leadership Circle and Friends of the Family network is composed of more than 300 family foundations and donor families who support NCFP on an annual basis and sustain our work. The Leadership Circle recognizes a special group of our most generous supporters. This network is the nation’s premier leadership and learning network for philanthropic families.

Friends and Leadership Circle supporters receive registration discounts for exclusive peer gatherings, including the National Forum on Family Philanthropy, the Trustee Education Institute, and special CEO Retreats for both family and non-family CEOs. In addition, Friends receive preferred access to NCFP services, including special issue briefs, personalized assistance for information requests, practical research, timely webinars, and our searchable Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center. Leadership Circle organizations also receive personal access to the Office of NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco, allowing them to email or call for personalized answers to difficult questions.

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Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

This Content Collection includes a variety of perspectives and tools for addressing REDI issues within your organization, including a collection of customized Checklists, Quizzes, and Self-Assessment Tools for boards and staff.

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Family Dynamics

In this Content Collection, you’ll learn about the most common conflicts in family philanthropy, the creative “tactics” some boards use to perpetuate the avoidance, and how you can use simple tools to address conflict in a healthy, productive way. Also included are sample code of conduct policies and tips for planning and hosting a productive and inclusive board or family meeting.

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Collaboration and Partnership

This Content Collection includes a variety of stories of funders engaged in successful collaborations, as well as tips and tools for how to make the most of your relationships with fellow funders and grantees.

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PEAK Grantmaking

This collection, curated by PEAK Grantmaking, provides resources on driving equity, being effective grantmakers, and more.

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Family Identity and Culture

This Content Collection features resources that discuss the importance of family culture and identity and highlight experiences of family foundations.

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Values and Motivations

This Content Collection highlights webinars, blog posts, and other resources that discuss the importance of values and motivations, shares experiences of giving families, and provides sample policies and tools.

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Living the Legacy

This special Content Collection shares chapters from NCFP's popular "Living the Legacy Journal," sharing perspectives and stories of families who have explored and adopted the practice of a living legacy across generations.

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Stanford PACS Guide to Effective Philanthropy

The aim for this book is to simplify the components of effective philanthropy. The Guide has two major parts. Part One lays out a series of personal considerations that will help shape your philanthropic strategy. Part Two delves into the tactical practices of philanthropy to help you deploy your resources most effectively.

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Trust-based Philanthropy

Whether you’re a long-time practitioner or are just considering adopting this approach, we hope these resources will help you bring trust-based principles into practice.

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Participatory Grantmaking

This Content Collection features research, case studies, discussion guides, and other articles and blog posts on the practice of Participatory Grantmaking (also sometimes referred to as Community Led Grantmaking).

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Multi-faceted Giving

This content collection was curated to help answer those questions and allow your philanthropic family to better accommodate diverse systems of giving.

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Generations Together: Engaging Youth

This special collection was curated by our Engaging Youth Peer Network. We thank them for their leadership and sharing. Unless otherwise noted, all resources listed are intended to be able to be used directly with kids.

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Expenditure Responsibility

This NCFP Content Collection includes FAQs, rules and sample policies for the process of expenditure responsibility to ensure your grants to "non-charities" are for charitable purposes.

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