Jason Born is the Senior Director of Knowledge at the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP), a role he has held since 2010. Jason helps track trends and leading-edge practices to inform NCFP’s development of suggested practices for effective family philanthropy; supports the President and CIO on strategies and partnerships; and serves as the head of NCFP’s internal team for responding to requests for information and assistance.

This is Jason’s is second stint at NCFP, and he previously served as NCFP’s Program Director from 1997 until 2005. Between his tenures, he helped launched the affinity group Funders Together to End Homelessness, an initiative of the Melville Charitable Trust. Prior, Jason was a program coordinator at the Council on Foundations.

Jason earned his master in economics from Tulane University and his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Originally from rural Maine, he now lives outside of Boston with his wife and two sons where you can often find him on the baseball field or listening to his younger son’s rock band.


2023 Partner Summit

Posted on May 3, 2023 by Andrea Judd-Shurmur, Bridget McGuiggan, Regina Bell, Randy Van Antwerp, Kyle Caldwell, Miki Akimoto, Dr. Brittany Kienker, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Christine Sherry, Jason Born

The inaugural Partner Summit is a virtual convening designed for our network of regional associations of grantmakers, philanthropic consultants and advisory firms and financial institutions that serve family philanthropies. The summit will explore the latest trends in family philanthropy, including promoting effective practices with members and clients, the power of cross-sector relationships and defining paths to equity and advocacy for family… Read More

Values and Motivations

Posted on January 28, 2021 by Jason Born

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. Read More

An Interview with NCFP’s Senior Fellow Ginny Esposito

Posted on August 12, 2020 by Virginia M. Esposito, Jason Born

Ginny Esposito and Alice Buhl
Ginny Esposito with NCFP’s inaugural Senior Fellow, Alice Buhl Editor’s Note: Vice President of Programs Jason Born spoke recently with NCFP Founder Ginny Esposito about her transition to the role of Senior Fellow at the beginning of 2020, and some of the projects and initiatives she is working on in that new role. I’m here today with my long-time friend… Read More

Pride of Place

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito, Jason Born

This Content Collection features NCFP's report providing the first-ever in-depth look examining place-based, multi-generational family giving, along with a variety of other resources and case studies on place-based family philanthropy. Read More

Privacy, Purpose and the Public Trust: Finding a Balance

Posted on May 10, 2018 by Bob Reid, John Mullaney, Laura McCargar, Pam David, Jason Born

How do you balance what you share externally with your family’s need for privacy? And what are the benefits and challenges of being transparent in your communications and relationships? Join NCFP as we explore this topic with family philanthropy experts. Additional Resources: Foundation Transparency: Opacity — It’ s Complicated How We Operate Governance at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation… Read More

10 NCFP Webinar Replays Every Board Member Should Watch

Posted on November 30, 2017 by Jason Born

Collected here are ten of NCFP's most popular and timeless webinars for family foundation board members, including selected webinars from our Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Series, as well as our two-part "Toeing the Line" series, which explores common legal pitfalls in family foundation governance and grantmaking. Read More

Volunteering and Family Philanthropy

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Jason Born

This Content Collection offers tips for investing in your grantees’ capacity to engage volunteers, while also exploring the role of volunteering as part of the philanthropic education for your own family. Read More

Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Jason Born, Katie Scott, Tony Macklin

Community Foundations Workshop 20th Anniversary Symposium
NCFP’s Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network supports the special roles community foundations play with philanthropic families as a trusted resource and partner. Included here is a complete collection of Spark Session webinar replays, issue briefs, and other resources that have been created as part of this network. Read More