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 Non-family Staff Peer Network is available exclusively to our Friends of the Family Network. Engaging Youth Peer Network is available to all NCFP annual supporters. 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 Katherine Scott at katherine@ncfp.org.

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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“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

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.

Chaired by:
Barbara Kibbe, Director of Effectiveness, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Lois Mitchell, Consultant; Past President, Orfalea Foundation

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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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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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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.

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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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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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!

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Foundation Archives

This Content Collection features reports and articles of interest to foundations considering whether to establish archives to preserve their records, knowledge, and histories.

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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.

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Family Foundation CEO Leadership Series: For NCFP Friends

NCFP's complete series of guides for hiring, orienting, evaluating and navigating challenging changes and transitions in the careers of family foundation CEOs.

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Capital Grants

This Content Collection includes several articles and briefing papers from family foundations that have used capital grants as a core part of their strategy, along with sample guidelines for capital grants.

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How to Serve the Redefined Family

This content collection was curated to provide resources and tips for how your philanthropic family can adapt to a redefined family.

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Money and Values

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

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Funding Resiliency

This Content Collection shares a collection of resources developed by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation on the topic of resiliency. It is designed to help deepen thinking about where, when, and how to invest in capacity building, while also helping funders to explore the dimensions of resiliency and help their grantee organizations prepare for eventual independence from grant funding.

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