21st Century Leadership: Learn from NCFP’s Fellows
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
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National Center for Family Philanthropy created its Fellows program to honor leaders in family philanthropy and nurture a generation of new leaders. NCFP’s three new fellows—Mary Mountcastle, Kelly Nowlin, and June Wilson—will share what it means to be a giving family in today’s world. Important discussion topics include: balancing donor legacy and shared family vision against the needs of communities being served, managing the power and privilege of your position while working on the front lines of change, building honest, collaborative and accountable relationships between the board and the communities, and showing up in meaningful ways at board meetings. The moderator is NCFP’s current Fellow, Douglas Bitonti Stewart.
Doug Bitonti Stewart has dedicated his career to philanthropy serving organizations such as Michigan State University, Michigan Nonprofit Management Institute, the Arthritis Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and as Director of Development for Children’s and Women’s Health at the University of Michigan Health System.
In early 2007, Doug became the first Executive Director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. In his position Doug has the privilege of helping the Fisher family further their philanthropic legacy by working with partners making the most meaningful impact to strengthen and empower children and families in need.
In 2014, twenty-two years after receiving his undergraduate degree in Finance from Michigan State University, Doug graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Business Administration from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
Mary Mountcastle is a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds and Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundations, a board member of Demos, and has served on the boards of numerous state and national organizations. Previously, Mary was a senior manager at Self-Help, the nation's largest nonprofit community development lender, and served in senior positions at the Center for Responsible Lending and MDC Inc, a nonprofit policy research center as well as other private and public sector organizations. Mary holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Williams College.
Kelly D. Nowlin is a fifth-generation trustee of the Surdna Foundation. She chairs the Andrus Family Program, and was former chair of the foundation’s Centennial Working Group. Kelly is responsible for outreach to, and engagement of, nearly 500 extended family members and identifies opportunities to collaborate with other family foundations and youth philanthropy programs. Kelly guided the development of activities marking Surdna’s 100th anniversary in 2017.
Kelly was a founding board member of the Andrus Family Fund (AFF), an independent grantmaker launched by Surdna for fifth generation family members. She helped develop program areas, all governance aspects, and strategic vision of this $4MM fund. Kelly served as Vice Chair, then Co-Chair for four of her seven-year term.
Kelly has nearly 30 years of experience as a media and communications professional, has launched two startups, and has worked extensively with non-profit organizations generating awareness and support for their causes. She is currently a full-time philanthropy and marketing consultant and serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP). She speaks regularly on topics in philanthropy including next generation engagement, social justice, impact, culture, and strategic communications.
An honors graduate of Boston College (Class of ’89), Kelly lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts with her husband and two teenage children.
June Wilson, executive director emeritus and board member of the Quixote Foundation, combines her talent as a dancer and choreographer with the operational expertise of a COO and strategic acumen of a CEO. She understands people’s physical and emotional interactions within a literal, conceptual or practical space and can quickly translate what she sees into strategic systems. Her unique approach has strengthened nonprofits like the Minnesota Dance Alliance in Minneapolis and the National Performance Network in New Orleans. At Quixote she artfully guided the design and implementation of their “Spend Up” approach to operating within a strategic lifespan and transformed the foundation’s commitment to racial equity. She looks forward to her next stage, where she’ll continue to translate movement into meaningful patterns for those working for social change.
What past participants say:
NCFP consistently and brilliantly presents the very best education to family foundations and donor advisor funders. Though I actively participate in educational opportunities with many organizations in the philanthropic center it is those offered by NCFP that drill deeper into issues, savor the nuances of family grantmaking and produce products that motivate and inspire in an all embracing understanding of families and the dynamics that challenge them.
The Family Philanthropy Webinar series is a wonderful resource, allowing us to "attend" sessions from all over and to share materials with other members of our foundation. The transcripts of the sessions are also a valuable resource. Thank you for these Webinars.
NCFP webinars are an effective way for me to be stimulated and educated. I always expect excellent presenters and up to date information from NCFP, and have not been disappointed with these webinars. The recent one discussing women and philanthropy was very timely as women grow in their capacity and leadership roles in philanthropy. Thank you NCFP!
The National Center has been an indispensable source of wisdom, tools, and best practices for my clients on matters ranging from advancing intergenerational leadership transition strategies to building effective websites to creating discretionary grant making guidelines.
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I have attended many of NCFP's webinar and always walk away with new ideas that expand my knowledge of family philanthropy. The content is always amazing, well-structured and full of different perspectives. I especially love the stories told by presenters of their families journey within philanthropy and how they are impacting communities.
Creating Effective Next Gen Boards was by far the best webinar I have experienced. The material was well put together, well presented, easy to follow, and very engrossing! The youth on the webinar were very articulate and experienced and provided a unique insight into the benefits and pitfalls in involving 8 year-olds and up in family philanthropy, i.e. the younger we start, the better and easier it is for everyone! Thanks for this webinar!
I have participated for years in the Family Philanthropy Webinar Series, which has been a tremendous value-add for our subscription to NCFP Friends of the Family! This just keeps getting better and better with each passing month, and I'm so very impressed with the caliber of presentations and the organization behind them! Best webinar series in the field!