“I wished I had this kind of network when I was getting started and over the years. I think there is value in the substantive feedback from peers (lessons learned, sample docs, case studies, etc.) but also the camaraderie of knowing that there are people out there wearing similar hats.” – Erin Kahn

NCFP’s Peer Networks are small group virtual learning conversations focused on a particular topic. Sessions are held several times a year via video chat.

Joining a peer network can help you connect with others facing similar challenges and successes. Sessions are not recorded to make space to allow you to explore ideas off the record with colleagues.

The Board Chair Peer Network, Non-family Staff Peer Network, and Engaging Youth Peer Network are available exclusively to our Friends of the Family Network. Thanks to special funding, the Strategic Lifespan Peer Network is open to the field at large.

View the upcoming peer network events here.

Questions? Contact NCFP Program Director Katie Scott at katie.scott@ncfp.org.

Board Chair Peer Network

Available for NCFP Friends of the Family. Learn more about joining the NCFP Network here

This group of board chairs gathers several times a year to share best practices, address challenges, and connect with colleagues.

Chaired by:
Jaimie Mayer, Chair, Nathan Cummings Foundation
Gilbert Miller, Chair, Bradley-Turner Foundation

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Engaging Youth Peer Network

This group of adult family members, staff, and volunteers gathers several times a year to share resources, tools, and strategies for inspiring and engaging youth.

Chaired by:
Neil Gobioff, President, Gobioff Foundation
Michelle Knapik, President, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

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Non-family Staff Peer Network

Join your peers (senior level non-family staff) for quarterly video chats. This time is peer-directed, with NCFP staff and other outside experts serving as resources. Join and build a network of colleagues facing the unique challenges, complications, and joys that are inherent in this role.

Chaired by:
Denise Porche, Executive Director, Island Foundation
Steve Toben, President, Flora Family Foundation
Kim Wright, Executive Director, Stolte Family Foundation

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Strategic Lifespan Peer Network

Join this special peer group of family givers and those who support them. Many in this group have decided to operate with a limited lifespan. Others are thinking about the decision to spend down. Meet colleagues in this confidential, safe space, while discussing tactics, strategies, and timely questions.

Thanks to special funding, this network is available to the entire field.

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Family Dynamics

In this Content Collection, you’ll learn about the most common conflicts in family philanthropy, the creative “tactics” some boards use to perpetuate the avoidance, and how you can use simple tools to address conflict in a healthy, productive way. Also included are sample code of conduct policies and tips for planning and hosting a productive and inclusive board or family meeting.

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Collaboration and Partnership

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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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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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Living the Legacy

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Stanford PACS Guide to Effective Philanthropy

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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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Multi-faceted 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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