Ellie Frey Zagel

The Frey Foundation

Vice Chair Trustee, The Frey Foundation

Ellie Frey’s involvement with the Frey Foundation dates back more than 20 years, when she was appointed to the “next generation” advisory board. She currently serves as a trustee. In addition, she is the Director of the Family Business Alliance (FBA), an independent, membership based non-profit organization that helps family businesses in West Michigan succeed through generations.

Previously, Ellie worked as a commercial Realtor with a local firm that specialized in adaptive reuse of historic buildings and was the first executive director of Local First West Michigan, a network of locally-owned, privately held businesses. Ellie has also earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Economics from Boston University.

Contributions

Voices from the Field

Balancing Privilege and Responsibility

Posted on October 7, 2019 by Ellie Frey Zagel

White chairs on red rose gardens
Editor’s Note: This blog post originally appeared here and on NCFP’s blog in 2018. Balancing privilege with responsibility is no small feat. And then, after you miraculously have figured it out for yourself, how do you pass this wisdom down to your next generation? In this blog, I will highlight what I mean by privilege and then share a few examples of… Read More
In the Field

Trends 2020: An Invitation from Ellie Frey Zagel

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Ellie Frey Zagel

A gold pen rests on a survey form, which has some X marks.
NCFP’s inaugural study on trends in family philanthropy, Trends 2015, was the first benchmark study of its kind, designed to collect timely and actionable information about the field at a national level. NCFP Board Member Ellie Frey Zegel invites you to be a part of Trends 2020, which will include questions relevant to ongoing changes in the field including issues of equity, place-based giving, transparency, the role of the donor, and the question of spend down versus perpetuity… Read More

New Trends: Research Findings from NCFP’s “Trends 2020” Study

Posted on January 14, 2019 by Armando Castellano, Mimi Potter, Neal Chambliss, Claire Costello, Bob Reid, Ellie Frey Zagel

What are new emerging issues facing philanthropic donors and families? How are families’ funding priorities, governance practices, and approaches to giving and decision-making evolving and changing? How are issues of founder participation, choice of lifespan, and the use of multiple giving vehicles affecting the practices and outcomes of family philanthropy? This webinar will share the results of research findings from… Read More

Collaborating for Change: Practices and Pitfalls from Across the Field

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Debbie Berger, Maggi Alexander, Meaghan Calcari Campbell, Ellie Frey Zagel

For NCFP‘s 20th anniversary we decided to used our monthly webinars as a chance to revisit our Founding Values and Guiding Principles. This month we will offer the field a free webinar on the Value of Respectful Collaboration. NCFP recognizes that collaboration and respect are key to building a healthy and strong family, organization, and community. In partnership with Exponent… Read More

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