Giving Structures

Finding the Right Vehicles to Reach Your Philanthropic Goals

Grantmaking, the heart of your philanthropic journey, brings your intent and objectives to life. In simple terms, grantmaking is the act of awarding funds to an organization or individual to undertake charitable activities.

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.

Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation

NCFP is pleased to make individual chapters of Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation available online in PDF format as an exclusive benefit for current NCFP Friends of the Family. The beautiful hard-cover edition of Splendid Legacy 2 also makes a great gift for family members and is a valuable reference and resource for foundation staff! Friends

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Policy Central: Sample Policies and Practices

NCFP's Policy Central includes sample policies and practices in the areas of governance, grantmaking, family dynamics, engaging the next generation, investments, management, and staffing. New samples are added frequently, and are here when you need them!

Family Philanthropy and Donor-Advised Funds

Families face choices when it comes to how to do their philanthropy. They give in different ways using different vehicles. Over the past 20 years an increasing number of donors and families are choosing donor-advised funds (or DAFs, for short) as the primary vehicle for meeting their philanthropic goals. This online guide is for donors and families considering donor-advised funds,

Giving While Living: Profiles of Donors and Families

Giving While Living — the idea that people with wealth should use it during their lifetime to help others — is central to the work of a growing number of donors, including Atlantic Philanthropies’ founder Chuck Feeney, who has been a leading spokesperson in this movement to inspire individuals at varying levels of wealth to actively give their funds, skills

Strategic Lifespan and Limited Life Foundations

This NCFP Content Collection is aimed at new donors considering what strategic lifespan will best work for their foundation, as well as existing foundations that have already set a closing date, or any family or board contemplating the question.

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