Publications & Research

In addition to the original and crowdsourced content featured in our Knowledge Center, NCFP publishes and makes available for purchase a variety of printed guides, books, and research reports.

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Publications include Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-creating Your Family Legacy and NCFP’s series of CEO guides.

Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-creating your Family Legacy

Written by though leader and NCFP founding president Ginny Esposito, Splendid Legacy 2 offers advice and resources from from the field’s foremost experts in family philanthropy. Splendid Legacy 2 is a must-own volume for any family that is looking to build a philanthropic legacy, as well as for advisors and others interested in understanding this special giving vehicle.

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CEO Guides

NCFP’s CEO guides were written to help CEOs and family foundation boards better understand the qualities of effective family foundation leadership as well as its special challenges. We hope the guides will support CEOs as they master the complex demands of their position.

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Research reports detail findings of studies conducted by NCFP such as Trends in Family Philanthropy 2015 and Pride of Place.

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How has place-based family philanthropy evolved over time? Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family Commitment to Geography is a study of place-based foundations and funds. A place-based foundation or fund is committed—often exclusively—to a particular geographic region of the country.

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Trends 2015 Study

Trends 2015the first national benchmark survey of family foundations, was conducted in response to the need for quantitative data on our under-researched field. The findings of Trends 2015 are available to help those in the field make in formed decisions.

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The Power to Produce Wonders: The Value of Family in Philanthropy

The first ever in-depth examination of the value of family philanthropy to the family, to communities and to democracy, based on the perspectives of more than 300 family philanthropy leaders through individual interviews, discussions at 14 regional symposia and sessions at a national symposium in Washington, DC. Questions covered in the report include: How does the personal participation of donors and family members add value to the giving process and, more importantly, to the results and impact of that philanthropy? What value does family philanthropy represent as a component and reflection of the proper functioning of democracy and democratic institutions in the United States?

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Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations

Using detailed and comprehensive analysis, Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations examines continuity and leadership over time within family foundations. Based upon a study of foundations in the United States and Canada that have survived through at least two generations, the authors ask probing questions, including: Why were the foundations started? What did they look like at the beginning? How did the families of the founders come to be involved? And how did they organize themselves to do their work from year to year, decade to decade?

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Trends in Family Philanthropy

This Content Collection features NCFP's Trends 2020 Study and other current research on the field of family philanthropy.

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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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Family Stories and Interviewing Elders

This Content Collection was curated for you to discover a variety of techniques available for engaging with elders to document a family history that may be shared with generations to come.

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Pride of Place

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.

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Ending Well: Exits and Spend Down

The resources shared in this collection contain information and tools developed through the experience of multiple philanthropies involved in exits – including the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

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Stories for Engaged Learning

Stories for Engaged Learning is a collection of case studies rooted in the practical experiences of family and private foundations; the stories are designed for engaged learning. 

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Family Philanthropy and Donor-Advised Funds

This online guide is for donors and families considering donor-advised funds, as well as for others, including advisors, seeking to learn more about the benefits and complexities of this important philanthropic vehicle.

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Working with Consultants

There are almost as many reasons to hire a consultant as there are consultants. These resources will help you take the right steps to find, hire, and manage a consultant who will deliver what you need whether it be for strategy, evaluation, communications, or providing fundraising advice and support for your grantee partners.

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Best of “Ginny’s Blog”

A "best of" collection of NCFP Founder Virginia Esposito's writing on governance, family dynamics, embracing the next generation, the role of the donor, and more.

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