Jen Crino is the Program Manager at the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP). Jen manages NCFP’s monthly webinar series, sources and creates relevant content for the Family Giving News blog, and assists with program development and logistics for other virtual learning events. Additionally, Jen fields requests for information from the NCFP network, connecting community members with peers and resources.

Previously, she was a Community Investment Fellow at the Greater Washington Community Foundation and assisted with the grantmaking process for the Community Foundation’s Fund for Children, Youth and Families. During her graduate studies, she helped lead a youth philanthropy course and service learning projects for college freshmen.

Jen received her master of public policy degree with a focus in nonprofit management from the University of Maryland in 2017. She earned her B.A. from Boston College and is New Jersey native currently living in D.C.

Contributions

Voices from the Field

Takeaways Blog on Impact, Measurement, and Evaluation

Posted on August 18, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Adeolu Eletu on Unsplash  This blog summarizes key notes from our August Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. Impact is often an elusive concept in philanthropy. Giving families want to understand the impact of their investments, as well as the most effective way to assess progress, how to define and measure success for challenging and long-term problems, and ways… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Grantee Relationships and Power Dynamics

Posted on July 21, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Alexander Suhorucov from Pexels This blog summarizes key notes from our July Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. Power dynamics are inherent any funder and grantee relationship, and this imbalance between giver and receiver can inhibit productive, honest partnerships. Often nonprofits make shifts to accommodate funder guidelines for grant dollars they are seeking, to fit the specific grant application… Read More
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Engaging Youth Retreat: A Recap

Posted on June 22, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash This article was originally published by Foundant and is re-posted here with permission. For families interested in engaging multiple generations in their philanthropy, younger family members need opportunities to learn and build skills and competencies necessary for future leadership. These skills and family philanthropy knowledge should be taught in tandem with a broader… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Building a Social Impact Strategy and Approach

Posted on June 16, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Mikael Blomkvist from Pexels This blog summarizes key notes from our June Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. A social impact strategy is the fundamental element of a family philanthropy effort. The practice of grantmaking actualizes the motivations of a donor, advances their values, and accomplishes their aims and objectives. However, it requires careful planning and consideration. A family… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Demystifying Decision Making

Posted on May 18, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of fauxels from Pexels This blog summarizes key notes from our May Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar. Philanthropic families employ a wide range of models to make decisions—from unilateral authority to consensus. However, identifying the appropriate structure is often a challenge and can serve as a barrier to effective philanthropic practices. Developing an appropriate decision-making framework for distinct situations… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Effective Governance: Principles, Policies, and Practices

Posted on April 19, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Leon on Unsplash This blog summarizes key notes from our April Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. Family philanthropy is rooted in the act of collective decision making—one that is often codified in a formal governance structure. Governance consists of three elements—principles, policies, and practices—that define who makes decisions and how decisions are made. Families that are intentional about developing… Read More
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Going Beyond the Private Foundation: An Exploration of Vehicles

Posted on April 1, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Pixbay on Pexels Donors have an array of options when it comes to selecting a giving vehicle(s). Vehicles offer a range of tools, decision-making structures, and approaches to achieve impact. While philanthropy traditionally showed up as grantmaking through two main entities, the private foundation and the donor-advised fund, a number of alternate and uniquely impactful vehicles have gained… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Family Identity and Culture

Posted on February 24, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of RODNAE Productions from Pexels Many giving families have a strong sense of identity, defined by their relationships, traditions, and underlying values, and carried out through a shared purpose and approach to philanthropy. In NCFP’s recent webinar, “Family Culture and Identity” Senior Program Consultant Tony Macklin discussed what family culture and organizational culture mean in the context of family… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Defining and Translating Motivations and Values

Posted on February 2, 2021 by Jen Crino

Defining motivations and values is in many ways the most critical step a family takes as they chart a path forward in their philanthropy. Understanding the reasons why families give and the values that connect them together will help guide families through their philanthropic effort. Motivations and values not only give families a common purpose, but also inform their approaches… Read More

The 2020 Giving Landscape

Posted on October 28, 2020 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Jen Crino

The sector has evolved in the wake of COVID-19, racial injustice, partisan tension, and economic challenges. How have the events of 2020 altered the pace, method, and effectiveness of donor response? What are some major changes in donor behavior? And what can we expect to be longstanding shifts in the sector? The 2020 Giving Landscape outlines ten significant trends in… Read More