Governance

Building a Framework for Your Decision Making

Every giving effort needs a guiding framework
to be effective. Governance is that framework.

Trust-based Philanthropy

NCFP’s Content Partner, the Trust-based Philanthropy Project, builds and curates tools and resources to engage grantmakers around ways to embody a trust-based approach, and why it matters. Below you’ll find a selection of their specialized how-to guides and templates to use and adapt. For additional guides and resources, including recordings from past presentations, sample policies, and resources from partners in

Participatory Grantmaking

NCFP believes that one of the core tenets of enlightened philanthropy is listening to end beneficiaries and being regularly informed by the people donors seek to serve. Participatory grantmaking takes listening one step further to engage community members in the decision-making process around grants. This Content Collection features research, case studies, discussion guides, and other articles and blog posts on

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.

Woman planning family philanthropy

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 Foundation CEO Leadership Series: For NCFP Friends

This series of guides – available for the first time in downloadable PDF format to NCFP Friends of the Family at no cost – provides a comprehensive overview and specialized guidance on the leadership role of family foundation chief executives. To purchase a printed copy of one or more of the guides, please visit the NCFP Bookstore.

Mary Phillips at 2017 National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Stories for Engaged Learning

Stories for Engaged Learning is a collection of case studies rooted in the practical experiences of family and private foundations; the stories are designed for engaged learning.

Ginny Esposito

Best of “Ginny’s Blog”

Over the years, NCFP President Virginia Esposito has written on any and all topics related to family philanthropy, providing a vast array of wisdom and context for donors just getting started, for families moving to the critical “cousins generation,” and for those families looking to embrace the fifth (or later!) generation. Here we share a “best of” collection of Ginny’s

Governance Essentials

Trusteeship is — first and foremost — a very personal commitment to a public trust. This Content Collection provides both introductory resources as well as more detailed looks at many of the most important aspects of foundation governance.

12 NCFP Webinar Replays Every Board Member Should Watch

Now entering its 15th year, NCFP’s monthly Family Philanthropy Webinar series has become one of the field’s most popular resources for hearing the voices and perspectives of donors, board members, and leaders in the field of family philanthropy. Held on the second Thursday of each month from 12 to 1:30 pm (Eastern), these webinars are also recorded for future viewing;