Understanding the Family Philanthropy Landscape

Trends and Perspectives

What are key trends in the field today, and what issues are on the minds of leading philanthropic families? Start here to get a sense of current priorities and future directions.


Rural Giving: Strategies for Philanthropic Families

How does rural philanthropy differ from urban foundation work? The answers lie in both tactics and cultural context. Much urban philanthropy is focused on the development and implementation of large scale best practice models around specific issues – e.g. health, education, early childhood development. These grants are made to large staffed non-profits intended to reach thousands if not tens of

Climate Change: Strategies for Philanthropic Families

Climate hazards—driven by global greenhouse gas emissions—will continue to affect and amplify socioeconomic challenges in nearly all areas for decades to come. And many are at the nexus of the very issues that family philanthropies have prioritized: health, equality, human rights, education, health, food security, conservation, and the environment. According to ClimateWorks, despite climate’s impact on the work of philanthropy,

I Am Family Philanthropy

Every day we see committed and generous families making positive impacts on the communities and issues they serve. Through this special I Am Family Philanthropy video collection, we are delighted to share the stories of NCFP Friends and philanthropic donor families.

Family Philanthropy Speaks

Philanthropy is a practice borne out of compassion and commitment—and one that is deeply rooted in family. It’s also a practice that must continue to evolve to effectively meet the needs of the communities it seeks to serve. Thankfully, there are countless social sector leaders who are advancing the field with their bold ideas and unwavering enthusiasm for the greater