Impact & Assessment

Identifying Methods to Measure Success

Successful grantmaking has two things in common: strong, well-defined intent and rigorous, evidence-based monitoring and evaluation to ensure that strategies were well-executed and goals are met.

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

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!

Strategic Philanthropy

This Content Collection features NCFP research, webinars, and additional resources to use as your foundation or family considers its overall strategy and approach to philanthropy.

Ending Well: Exits and Spend Down

The resources shared in this collection contain information and tools developed through the experience of multiple philanthropies involved in exits—including the Foundation.

Grant Evaluation and Site Visits

Family foundations are in business to make a difference. This NCFP Content Collection focuses on techniques available for assessing and evaluating the results of your giving, as well as tips, strategies, and sample policies regarding grant evaluation and site visits.

Advocacy and Lobbying

In 2010, legal staff at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (collectively the “Foundations”) joined together to develop a comprehensive training program on legal issues in grantmaking. Learn Foundation Law is a free first-of-its-kind resource for private foundations (and others who are interested), to

Leveraging Small Grants for Big Impact

The great American writer Vernor Vinge once said, “Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.” What Vernor is saying is that even the smallest things can be hugely impactful. There are so many colloquialisms for this truth in the English lexicon: ripple, domino, snowball, chain reaction, the parable of the mustard seed, etc. As a grantmaker, no matter

Taking Risks and Learning From Mistakes

Philanthropy is often described as society’s “risk capital.” This NCFP Content Collection provides context for how generous families can assess philanthropic risk, tame and mitigate risk, and even expand their comfort zone to embrace uncertainty and learn from their mistakes. Know of other good resources on this topic? Please suggest a resource.

Impact Investing

A growing number of family foundations have made the strategic decision to align all or part of their investment portfolios with their philanthropic values and mission. This Content Collection features stories and resources on impact investing and related strategies, including replays of past NCFP webinars on this topic, past NCFP blog posts, and additional resources, guides, and samples from those

Get Involved

Search Knowledge Center for Resources!

We’re here to help you on your philanthropic journey. Contact NCFP for support!

Get Assistance

Keep up with trends in family philanthropy. Subscribe to our newsletter!

Signup

Family philanthropy improves the quality of life for all. Join our family!

Join Now