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CEO Initiative and Staff Peer Networks

NCFP's ongoing CEO Initiative is designed to help CEOs and family foundation boards better understand the qualities of effective family foundation leadership as well as its special challenges, while providing them with the tools, information, and support they need to master the complex roles and demands of their positions. The CEO initiative was developed and conceived with the guidance of an experienced CEO Initiative Advisory Committee, and has resulted in a series of retreats, seminars, and guides for the field. See below for additional information about about each of the four guides in the series, as well as the initial research report. Also included are information and sign-up forms for NCFP's two CEO peer networks.

Join NCFP's Non-family Staff Peer Network

NCFP's Non-family Staff Peer Network, co-chaired by Chris Koehn of the Farris Foundation and Kelly Chopus of the Robins Foundation, is designed for senior level non-family staff members who are Friends of the Family of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Build a network of your peers facing the unique challenges, complications, and joys that are inherent in this role. Register Now.

Strategic Lifespan Peer Network

Coming July 2018: NCFP’s Strategic Lifespan Peer Network. NCFP’s benchmark trends study found that 20% of the youngest family foundations have decided to operate with a limited lifespan. Have you made this decision? Are you thinking about limiting the lifespan of your foundation?  Join this network to speak with other funders who are considering limiting their lifespan or who have made the decision to spend down. Register Now. 

Engaging the Next Generation Peer Network

NCFP’s benchmark Trends study found that regardless of age or size, family foundations that are engaging their younger members believe new generations bring innovative ideas and vibrancy to the foundation. Join this peer NCFP Friends Network co-chaired by Michelle Knapik of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and Neil Gobioff, of The Gobioff Foundation, to share your resources, tools, and strategies for inspiring and engaging new generations of your family. Register Now.

Join NCFP's Family Staff and Volunteer Peer Network

NCFP's Family Staff and Volunteer Peer Learning Network is a peer discussion forum for NCFP Friends who serve in a paid or volunteer family staffing role. This network meets approximately quarterly via online webinars; calls are peer-directed, with NCFP staff and other outside experts serving as resource people and helping suggest materials and resources for future education and growth for those who serve in this unique role. Register Now.

Leading Through Change

Advice from and for seasoned CEOs

This guide, the fourth in NCFP's CEO Leadership Guide series, draws on the wisdom of seasoned ceos who have navigated challenging changes and transitions in their careers and can offer practical insights to help peers prepare for what’s to come. Visit our bookstore for additional details or read an excerpt on our Family Giving News blog.

CEO Performance Review

The complete guide to evaluating the family foundation CEO

40% of family foundation CEOs say their board does not review their performance on an annual basis. Yet most CEOs yearn for their boards to invest the energy and time entailed in a thoughtful evaluation. This guide will help boards and CEOs structure an assessment process that maximizes the CEO’s contribution to foundation effectiveness. Visit our bookstore for additional details or read an excerpt on our Family Giving News blog.

Help Wanted: Hiring A New Family Foundation CEO

The complete guide to hiring a family foundation CEO

The role of a family foundation chief executive is unique—running a philanthropic enterprise in partnership with a family. This first-ever guide for hiring a family foundation CEO will help your family figure out where you want your foundation to go, and how to find the right person to take you there.

The First Year

The complete guide for new family foundation CEOs

A companion to the NCFP guide on hiring a CEO, this is the first how-to guide for new family foundation chief executives and the board members who hire them. Hiring a CEO is only the first step. A solid transition plan will maximize the CEO’s prospects for success. This guide covers the board and board chair’s role in orienting the new CEO; tips for CEOs to develop strong board/staff relations; setting boundaries and coping with family dynamics; and much more!

The family foundation CEO:

Crafting consensus out of complexity

This groundbreaking new report focuses a new lens on the family foundation chief executive, unveiling a wide variety of important findings and insights. Some confirm preconceptions; most reinforce our sense that family philanthropy is better understood as a result of formal inquiry into staff (and specifically in this case, CEO) dynamics. The findings presented in the report form the basis for a fuller appreciation of the family foundation chief executive, for new resources to support their work, and for additional research to come.