20th Anniversary Symposium: Imagining the Future of Family Philanthropy

In addition to a celebration of NCFP’s 20th Anniversary, the Symposium will explore key themes, trends, and bold ideas generated over the year by the Imagining the Future initiative. We will also unveil several new NCFP research initiatives including Pride of Place, a report exploring how boards stay true to the original geographic focus of the family foundation after trustees have moved away.

View the 20th Anniversary Symposium: Imagining the Future of Family Philanthropy schedule & directory.

Featured Speakers

Mary Mountcastle

Mary Mountcastle

Mary Mountcastle is a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds and Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundations, a board…

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Kelly Chopus

Kelly Chopus is a social responsibility and philanthropy executive with extensive experience in strategic external relations,…

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Ginny Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito, is the founding president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In January…

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Ayelet Baron

Ayelet Baron is a visionary author, speaker, coach, workshop facilitator, and former tech executive committed to…

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Sierra Clark

Sierra Clark received her Ph.D. from the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at…

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Carol S. Larson

Carol S. Larson stepped down from her role President and CEO of the David and Lucile…

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Susan Packard Orr

Susan Packard Orr is the former board chair of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and…

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Doug Bitonti Stewart

Doug Bitonti Stewart

Doug Bitonti Stewart is the first Executive Director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher…

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Didier Sylvain

Didier Sylvain is an executive coach, transformational speaker, and the Founder and CEO of The Presence…

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NCFP Board Member Ashley Blanchard

Ashley Blanchard

Ashley is the Head of Philanthropy at Lansberg Gersick Advisors (LGA), where she helps families define…

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Susan Wolf Ditkoff

Susan Wolf Ditkoff is a partner in the Boston office and co-Head of the Philanthropy Practice…

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Richard Woo

Richard Woo serves as Board Director of the Change Happens Foundation. He has extensive experience serving…

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Farhad Ebrahimi

Farhad Ebrahimi is the founder and chair of the Chorus Foundation, which works for a just transition…

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A. Sparks

Sparks (she/they) values and is deeply committed to promoting equity based on her experience as a…

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What others have said...

Every plenary and workshop addressed current issues facing private family foundations. I can’t think of any outstanding issue that wasn’t addressed. Given the constant change we face, I am confident that NCFP will identify new issues that arise and address them at future Forums.

Jane Stabler, Putnam Foundation

The 2017 NCFP Forum helped me remember to keep asking the really important question – why do we come together as diverse families across generations and geographies, even life experiences, interests and learning styles, to do philanthropic work?

Susan DeWyngaert, Trustee, Lumpkin Family Foundation

The National Forum on Family Philanthropy was a whirlwind of talks, ideas, conversations, and reflection. We are a cohort of caring people who want to improve our communities and the world. It’s clear to me now that we have a lot of work to do to be more inclusive and intersectional but it’s a relief to know that I’m not alone.

Monica George, Board Member, Conant Family Foundation

The  National Forum on Family Philanthropy is the place to go if you want to meet and learn from families who are at all different points in their philanthropic journeys. NCFP provides a safe learning space, a friendly atmosphere and loads of resources for everyone who attends. One quickly learns the value of having access to the vast knowledge base on family philanthropy that NCFP has created over its 20-year history.

Jean Whitney, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation

For additional information, please contact Jason Born, Vice President of Programs.