Learning & Action Networks

NCFP Learning and Action Networks are designed as an ongoing cohort dedicated to deep shared learning about a specific concept in family philanthropy, with an expectation of a commitment to defined action(s) after the completion of the program. Each cohort collectively works through a curriculum with discrete learnings carried out by multiple peer learning events led by experts in the field. Learning and Action Networks provide a connected and dedicated peer community while challenging funders to think differently and commit to learning and real action.

Interested in learning more about Learning and Action Networks? Complete this interest form.

Trust-Based Family Philanthropy Learning and Action Lab

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The National Center for Family Philanthropy, The Philanthropy Workshop, and The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project will be hosting a six-part Learning and Action Lab for family foundations and individual donors interested in leveraging their philanthropy toward a more just and equitable nonprofit sector. At its core, trust-based philanthropy is about addressing power imbalances and shifting our culture and practices so that nonprofits have the time, space, and support they need in order to advance their work. This Learning and Action Lab is specifically designed for executives and trustees of family foundations who are ready to embrace and/or deepen their commitment to trust-based practices and operationalize a more equity-aware, trust-based culture within their organizations.

Coming in Early 2022!  Complete this interest form to receive notification when application opens.

Program designed in partnership with Carrie Avery, Dimple Abichandani, Shaady Salehi, and The Philanthropy Workshop

Curriculum design and facilitation by Carrie Avery and Dimple Abichandani

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The Racial Justice Learning and Action Network is an educational opportunity for family foundation trustees interested in advancing racial justice practices, both personally and professionally. Philanthropy has been slow to embrace equity and it is clear that effective and meaningful impact can only be realized with an active commitment to racial justice.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is committed both to expanding equity practices within the organization and to helping giving families adopt a racial justice lens in their grantmaking and governance practices. The Racial Justice Learning and Action Network was designed as a space where family foundation board members can build their own knowledge of systemic racism to improve their practices, and ultimately be better stewards of the public trust.

The first Racial Justice Learning and Action Network is in progress. If you are interested in participated in the 2022 program, please complete this interest form.

Funded with generous support from the Ford Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Program designed in partnership with Bari Katz, Edgar Villanueva, and NCFP Fellows June Wilson, Ginny Esposito, Mary Mountcastle, and Kelly Nowlin

Curriculum design and facilitation by Bari Katz and Edgar Villanueva

Mission Investing Institute & Action Cohorts

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This six-month virtual learning program presented by the National Center for Family Philanthropy in partnership with Mission Investors Exchange and Philanthropy California. The learning opportunity is designed to deepen impact investing knowledge, provide a space for participants to build relationships with other leaders in philanthropy, and offer practical tools to implement an effective impact investing strategy.

Through a core curriculum supplemented with three small group cohorts, participants will hear from industry peers, apply the learnings with fellow philanthropy and finance professionals, and learn from seasoned investors in the field.

The first Mission Investing Institute and Action Cohort is in progress. If you are interested in participated in the 2022 program, please complete this interest form.

Program designed in partnership with Mission Investors Exchange and Philanthropy California

Curriculum design and facilitation by Mission Investors Exchange

Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

This Content Collection includes a variety of perspectives and tools for addressing REDI issues within your organization, including a collection of customized Checklists, Quizzes, and Self-Assessment Tools for boards and staff.

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Values and Motivations

This Content Collection highlights webinars, blog posts, and other resources that discuss the importance of values and motivations, shares experiences of giving families, and provides sample policies and tools.

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Trends in Family Philanthropy: Current Research in the Field

This Content Collection features NCFP's Trends 2020 Study and other current research on the field of family philanthropy.

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PEAK Grantmaking

This collection, curated by PEAK Grantmaking, provides resources on driving equity, being effective grantmakers, and more.

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Family Identity and Culture

This Content Collection features resources that discuss the importance of family culture and identity and highlight experiences of family foundations.

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Stanford PACS Guide to Effective Philanthropy

The aim for this book is to simplify the components of effective philanthropy. The Guide has two major parts. Part One lays out a series of personal considerations that will help shape your philanthropic strategy. Part Two delves into the tactical practices of philanthropy to help you deploy your resources most effectively.

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Trust-based Philanthropy

Whether you’re a long-time practitioner or are just considering adopting this approach, we hope these resources will help you bring trust-based principles into practice.

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Participatory Grantmaking

This Content Collection features research, case studies, discussion guides, and other articles and blog posts on the practice of Participatory Grantmaking (also sometimes referred to as Community Led Grantmaking).

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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.

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Generations Together: Engaging Youth

This special collection was curated by our Engaging Youth Peer Network. We thank them for their leadership and sharing. Unless otherwise noted, all resources listed are intended to be able to be used directly with kids.

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Expenditure Responsibility

This NCFP Content Collection includes FAQs, rules and sample policies for the process of expenditure responsibility to ensure your grants to "non-charities" are for charitable purposes.

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COVID-19: Response and Recovery Resources for Giving Families

This collection features resources from the field, an interactive map of local funds, upcoming COVID-19 webinars, and more.

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

This Content Collection shares individual chapters from "Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation."

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