Friends of the Family

Our Directors needed a succinct crash course in data and trends surrounding family foundations today. When I called NCFP to ask “who can you recommend?” the staff eagerly volunteered to put a presentation together and present it remotely. Through our association with NCFP and their stellar team, our 13 Directors now have a keen understanding of relevant data on family foundations and how we measure up. I cannot thank NCFP enough!  —Chris Steed, Executive Director, Fullerton Foundation

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The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them. NCFP’s understanding and experience with the very personal act of giving ensures that donors have access to the highest quality information.

NCFP’s Friends of the Family program is available to family foundations, donor-advised funds, giving families, and single family offices.

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Giving families are at the core of NCFP’s mission to serve as a comprehensive resource—helping families find purpose, establish policies, and build connections to have a transformative impact on the world. We offer a safe, confidential, and objective place for you to begin or continue your philanthropic journey. We’re here to help you think through your options, ask the right questions, and connect with others who have had similar experiences.

Organizations supporting NCFP as Friends of the Family are part of the nation’s premier leadership and learning network for giving families. Their contributions represent an investment in the field of family philanthropy and support everything NCFP does.

2020 Conferences & Workshops


  • Priority invitations and discounts for NCFP signature events including the National Forum on Family Philanthropy, Trustee Education Institute, and CEO Retreats
  • Unlimited webinar registrations and accounts for your family, board, and staff
  • Access to exclusive content, including more than 200 webinar replays, transcripts, and resources
  • Access to NCFP’s Peer Networks: Engaging YouthNon-family Staff, and Strategic Lifespan
  • Complimentary usage of NCFP’s Pursuit of Excellence board self-assessment tool for family foundations
  • Complimentary digital copy of NCFP’s series of CEO Guides
  • Opportunity for customized virtual presentations by NCFP staff
  • Personalized support from NCFP staff
  • Priority access to NCFP staff and discounts for presentations and speaking engagements
  • Complimentary referrals for staff-screened consultants and advisors, as well as referrals to family foundation peers facing similar issues
  • Permission to adapt or reprint NCFP materials
  • Invitation to share perspectives, job openings, and other updates through the Family Giving News e-newsletter and NCFP’s Twitter feed (subject to NCFP review), and opportunities to write for the NCFP blog
  • Listing on NCFP website
  • 20% discount on NCFP printed publications

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Contribution Levels

Friends of the Family contributions are recommended based on asset size:

Asset Size Recommended Contribution
Up to $20 million  $1,000
$20–$50 million  $1,500
$50–$100 million  $2,500
$100–$200 million  $5,000
$200–$250 million  $7,500
Over $250 million  For asset size over $250 million, NCFP invites you   to join the Leadership Circle* with a contribution   of $10,000 or more.

*The Leadership Circle is a special group of NCFP’s most generous supporters. Leadership Circle members receive access to the President’s Office for consultations and advice.

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Questions? Contact Frances Monroe at or (202) 293-3424.

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