Philanthropic Purpose

Defining Your Motivations, Values, Principles, and Priorities

Why do you want to make a difference?

Your and your family’s answers will illuminate your identity, passion and desired legacy—and uncover your shared philanthropic purpose.

Family Identity and Culture

Many philanthropic families have a strong sense of identity, defined by their traditions and culture and carried out through their commitments to one another and the public trust.

Values and Motivations

Clearly defined motivations and values are the underpinning of an effective family philanthropy strategy—they articulate a purpose, provide direction, and serve as a measure of accountability. They are also a dynamic and ever-evolving tool to guide donors and their family through the lifecycle of their philanthropic effort. This Content Collection highlights webinars, blog posts, and other resources that discuss the

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. The hard-cover edition of Splendid Legacy 2 is available for purchase via our publications order form. Contact NCFP directly at (202) 293-3424 for any questions or to order by phone.  

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!

Money and Values

This content collection was curated to share some experience, tips, and tools to better support philanthropic families in their money journeys.

Family Stories and Interviewing Elders

This content collection was curated for you to discover a variety of techniques available for engaging with elders to document a family history that may be shared with generations to come.

Pride of Place

This Content Collection features NCFP's report providing the first-ever, in-depth look at place-based, multi-generational family giving, along with a variety of other resources and case studies on place-based family philanthropy.

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

Faith and Family Philanthropy

This special Content Collection shares chapters from NCFP's Faith and Family Philanthropy Journal, including stories of families who have derived a core part of their purpose and passion from their faith.

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.