Steve Toben

President, Flora Family Foundation

Steve Toben is the president of the Flora Family Foundation. Before joining the FFF staff in 2000, Mr. Toben served for nine years as a program officer at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation where he directed the foundation’s programs on conflict resolution and the environment.  He is a former chair of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and a co-founder of the Peace and Security Funders Group.  Mr. Toben began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Sam J. Ervin, III, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced law for eight years.  He is a former member of the Portola Valley Town Council and twice served as mayor.  Mr. Toben is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Yale Law School.


Non-family Staff Peer Network Event: What Questions Keep You up at Night?

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Denise Porche, Kim Wright, Steve Toben

During the NCFP 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy, the Non-family Staff Peer Network had great success meeting about what keeps you up at night—the most pressing challenges and questions in your role. Join the group again to continue this conversation and share your biggest current challenges. Connect with your peers to find community, solutions, and resources. NCFP’s Non-family Staff… Read More

Joint Non-family Staff and Engaging Youth Peer Network: Connecting Family Across Distance

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Jenny Kelly, Bruce Karmazin, Steve Toben

For families that are spread across multiple locations, it takes effort to effectively engage all members near and far. Join Bruce Karmazin, Executive Director of the Lumpkin Family Foundation, Jenny Kelly, Executive Director of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and Steve Toben, President of the Flora Family Foundation, in a conversation about connecting geographically dispersed family members with their philanthropy… Read More

Non-family Staff Peer Network: Wearing Many Hats with One Head – Difficult Choices as a Staff Member

Posted on February 17, 2019 by Christy Uchida, Erin Kahn, Steve Toben

Non-family staff members tend to wear many hats—they are responsible for balancing multiple aspects of their foundation’s growth, sustainability, goals, and overall culture. For a small foundation staff and particularly for a sole foundation staff member, prioritizing and making difficult decisions are necessary to be sure all work gets accomplished. Join NCFP’s Non-family Staff Peer Network to consider the many… Read More

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