2018 Trustee Education Institute: The Signature Seminar for Family Foundation Board Members
Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center, Washington, DC
The Trustee Education Institute is designed and offered exclusively for current and prospective family foundation board members. Check out the agenda below.
NCFP's Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive introduction to all of the key legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members. Featuring a faculty made up of NCFP's senior staff and highly respected philanthropy experts, this three day, intensive seminar will cover:
- What does it mean to be a steward of both the public’s trust and your family’s legacy?
- How do you bring your personal giving identity to the foundation’s collective grantmaking?
- What are the qualities and responsibilities of effective trustees and exceptional boards?
- How do you navigate family dynamics at the board table?
- What essential legal rules do you need to know, and what are the more difficult ethical issues you may confront over time?
- How can you grow into a leader for your family’s philanthropy and get the most from this truly special opportunity?
See the complete draft program below!
2018 Trustee Education Institute Agenda
Please note speakers, sessions, times and locations are subject to change.
Tuesday, March 6th
11:30 – 12:00 pm | Registration & Networking
12:00 – 1:15 pm | Welcome & Progressive Lunch
Get acquainted with colleagues from around the country as we rotate tables for each course. Facilitated by staff NCFP for easy introductions.
• “Salad Days” – Our Families’ Beginnings
• “Meat of the Matter” – Our Foundations and their Mission
• “Just Desserts” – Our Desires for the Workshop
1:15 – 3:15 pm | Good Governance: The Foundation Imperative
Virginia Esposito, President, National Center for Family Philanthropy and Alice Buhl, Senior Fellow, National Center for Family Philanthropy
Governance is a moving target – but nothing is more important to a family foundation’s overall success than good governance. Bring your own questions and dilemmas to this interactive conversation with NCFP’s president and senior fellow on the policies and practices of effective – and excellent – family foundation boards.
3:15 – 3:30 pm | Break
3:30 – 5:30 pm | Mission-Driven Assessment
David Grant, Author, "The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations"
Assessing the work of your foundation and board should not be considered optional – assessment provides you with a sense of where you need to shift gears, where you need to invest additional time and resources (including where your investments have paid off!), and where you need to step back and start over again. Learn about a variety of available tools and checklists for assessing your board.
5:30 – 6:00 pm | Networking Break
6:00 – 7:00 pm | Dinner Networking Discussions
Prior to our opening evening program, join peers who share your interest in specific grantmaking interest or strategy areas for a meal to share challenges and ideas, and to identify effective approaches to your work. Topics will be assigned by table and participants will RSVP in advance to be part of specific discussions
7:00 – 8:00 pm | Promising Partnerships: Bridging Power Divides to Achieve High Impact Philanthropy
Ashley Blanchard, Vice President and Nathaniel Chioke Williams, Executive Director, Hill-Snowdon Foundation. Facilitated by Virginia Esposito, President, NCFP
Join this thought provoking conversation with the CEO and board member of a DC based family foundation known nationally for innovation and outsize impact. Learn how Hill-Snowdon has fostered meaningful relationships across traditional power divides including: board/staff, senior/next generation, black/white and grantor/grantee.
Wednesday, March 7th
7:45 – 8:15 am | Breakfast Buffet
8:15 – 10:30 am | Fiduciary Responsibilities and Legal Pitfalls
Andrew Schulz, General Counsel, Arabella Advisors
Grasp the fundamentals (and complexities) of federal and state law regulating foundations including self-dealing, payout, fiscal agency, excise tax, and much more. Arcane concepts made accessible – and fun – by one of the nation’s leading experts on family foundation tax law.
10:30 – 10:45 am | Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm | All Things Numbers: Finance, Investments, 990s, and Moore!
Richard "Skip" Moore, Former CEO, Weaver Foundation
Understand the financial oversight responsibilities of foundation trusteeship and get introduced to the basics of foundation investment. Also leave this session with an overview of key financial facts to review through audits and form 990s. And more!
12:00 – 12:45 pm | Networking Lunch
12:45 – 2:00 pm | Avoiding Avoidance: Managing Family Dynamics
Dr. Stephen Treat, Founder, Council for Relationships
Conflict is neither inherently good nor bad. Conflict will always occur in an organization that’s growing, evolving, and changing. In this session participants will explore typical situations where families might find themselves falling into the avoidance trap, and identify useful strategies for “avoiding avoidance” and other related tips and tools for managing family conflict.
2:00 – 2:15 pm | Break
2:15 – 3:45 pm | Breakout Sessions
Option #1: Avoiding Avoidance
Dr. Stephen Treat, Founder, Council for Relationships
Continue the lunch conversation and brainstorm solutions and approaches to your own family dynamics’ challenges.
Option #2: Impact Investing
Stephanie Cohn Rupp, Threshold Group
Payout requires you give 5% of your assets annually to further the foundation’s mission. Get a “soup to nuts” introduction on investing the remaining 95% to do the same! Explore how to allocate assets, write an investment policy, conduct research and choose an investment manager to align with the foundation’s values.
3:45 – 4:15 pm | What’s on your mind?
Talking about adding non-family trustees to the board? Wonder if board compensation is wise? Unsure how to tackle geographic dispersion or whether to offer discretionary grants? Want to get clarification and hear from others about issues you are grappling with or have another question that hasn’t been answered yet? Now’s your chance!
4:15 – 5:15 pm | Break
5:15 – 6:30 pm | NCFP Open House! – 1667 K St., NW Suite 550
Relax with light refreshments while on a “site visit” to NCFP’s new offices. View our History of Family Philanthropy Timeline and add your own memories and key historical moments. Friends of the Family are welcome to book our board room for DC meetings free of charge, come and see! Only 5 minutes by cab, or 15 on foot.
6:30 – 8:00 pm | Optional Dinner Discussion: Imagining the Future
June Wilson, Former Board Member and CEO, The Quixote Foundation and Neil Sumilas, National Center for Family Philanthropy
Given the challenges in the world, and the changing philanthropic landscape, how do you see the field changing? What new tools, strategies and collaborative initiatives should be focused on moving forward for families, practitioners, and advisors? What would excite and engage you personally in our collective efforts and community? Join this hosted dinner conversation hosted at NCFP's offices and help NCFP plan for the next 20 years. RSVP Required: Limited to 10 Participants.
6:00 – 8:00 pm | Dine-A-Rounds (Optional)
Join fellow TEI participants for a no-host dinner at one of Washington’s notable restaurants near the Institute hotel and/or NCFP Offices.
Thursday, March 8th
Note: Ask the Lawyer consultations will be offered on Thursday.
8:00 – 8:30 am | Breakfast Buffet – Café 9
Enjoy an informal breakfast with your peers or catch up during a busy couple days of programming and travel.
8:30 – 9:45 am | Ethics in Family Philanthropy
Mary Phillips, President, GMA Foundations
This interactive case-study session will feature an exploration of common ethical dilemmas in family giving, and leave you with a clear framework for addressing real-life dilemmas you will face.
9:45 – 10:00 am | Break
10:00 – 11:45 am | Learning Together: Planning an Effective and Fun (!) Board Meeting
Holli Rivera, CEO, Intentional Philanthropy and Hanh Le, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation
Board meetings can serve a variety of purposes, including information sharing, decision-making, learning, and team building. The one thing all effective board meetings have in common is thoughtful planning that includes a clear articulation of purpose, desired outcomes, and the process that will be used to achieve those outcomes. And guess what? Intentionally building fun into your meetings can often help meet your objectives. In this hands-on session, participants will learn a simple framework for planning effective—and fun—board meetings, key components of good meetings, and helpful meeting planning resources. And everyone will walk away with a clear plan for an upcoming meeting on their calendar!
11:45 – 12:00 pm | Break
12:00 – 1:30 pm | Learning Lunch: Power, Privilege, Transparency, and the Public Trust
June Wilson, Former Board Member and CEO, The Quixote Foundation and Kelly Nowlin, Trustee, Surdna Foundation
What does it mean to be a family foundation board member in today’s world: How do you balance your commitment to the donor’s legacy and the family’s shared vision with the immediate needs of the communities you serve? How do you manage the power and privilege of your position as you work with communities and grantees on the front lines of systems change? How can you “show up” in meaningful ways at board meetings and ensure you and your foundation are accountable to the causes and communities you serve? And what is your responsibility for sharing what you’ve learned with others? Join this timely and essential conversation with two leaders grappling with these and other related issues.
1:30 – 1:45 pm | Break
1:45 – 3:15 pm | Breakout Sessions
Option #1: Bridging the Power Divide
June Wilson, Former Board Member and CEO, The Quixote Foundation and Kelly Nowlin, Trustee, Surdna Foundation
How can you as a person of privilege address the power imbalance that exists between funders and nonprofits? How can your board build a more honest and collaborative relationship, while also supporting other funders in building more authentic relationships with their grantees? This conversation will feature practical tips for bridging the power divide with your grantees.
Option #2: Engaging Children, Teens, and Young Adults in Family Philanthropy
Leticia Peguero, Executive Director, Andrus Family Fund and Lindsey Griffith, Vice Chair, Andrus Family Fund
What are successful strategies for engaging children, teens, and young adults in multi-generational family philanthropy? Learn tips and techniques from one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative family foundations.
3:15 – 3:45 pm | Wrap Up – Carolinas
Gather together for a last chance to ask questions that have come up, share your own lessons learned, and be inspired on the next steps of your journey!
Ashley Snowdon Blanchard is a seasoned nonprofit strategy and management consultant. For 15 years she has helped dozens of clients with strategic planning, organizational and board development, as the Associate Director of Philanthropy at TCC Group, and more recently as the principal at Blanchard Consulting. In her planning work, Ashley helps clients determine their mission, values and programmatic goals, and establish the governance and operations to achieve them. Ashley is passionate about helping foundations improve their practice and more effectively support the grantee partners they rely on to achieve their missions. She has particular expertise working with family foundations to help them balance their social impact and family engagement goals, and has written extensively and presented on this topic. She was the founding co-chair of the Council on Foundation’s Next Generation Task Force, and is also a trainer in the 21/64 Network (in the inaugural class). Ashley brings to her consulting practice her own experience as a fourth-generation family foundation trustee. She is current vice chair, and former board chair, of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, a Washington-DC based family foundation which strives to create a fair and just society by supporting community organizing among low-income families and communities. She recently finished her final term on the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Ashley is a graduate of Stanford University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Alice Buhl is Senior Fellow to the National Center for Family Philanthropy and its Board of Directors. She was a founding board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and led the development of the “Pursuit of Excellence” assessment process. Alice is a Senior Consultant for Lansberg, Gersick & Associates.
Nat Chioke Williams serves as Executive Director of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, where he leads the foundation’s philanthropic and programmatic work, operations and partnerships within the community. Nat manages HSF’s Youth Organizing and Fund for DC programs. He is also responsible for developing learning and leveraging opportunities in these program areas. Back in 2015, Nat took the lead on the Foundation’s newly launched Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM), a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice. In partnership with other social justice funders, Nat has been involved with the development of Grantmakers for Southern Progress, a network of local, regional and national funders committed to facilitating joint learning, collaboration and leveraging of new resources to help build a vibrant and enduring infrastructure for social justice in the US South, and currently serves as co-chair of the group.
Stephanie Cohn-Rupp has over 17 years of experience in international impact investing working with families and foundations. She is Managing Director of Tiedemann Wealth Management 's Impact Investing practice and is the head of the firm’s burgeoning San Francisco office. Tiedemann Wealth Management is a Registered Investment Advisor providing integrated investment guidance, financial planning, legacy planning and family office services to individuals, families, and charitable organizations – all aimed at helping clients achieve their missions and goals. The firm’s impact investing practice began in 2008 and accounts for $1.2 billion of its approximately $3.2 billion assets under management as of December 31, 2016.
Virginia M. Esposito, is the founder and president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. For more than 35 years, she has worked to advance private philanthropy through research and education. For 30 of those years, she has focused on the family philanthropic experience, promoting values, vision, and excellence across generations of donor families. Ginny was editor and principal author of the first edition of Splendid Legacy and of Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Recreating Your Family Foundation. Her research publications include The Power to Produce Wonders: The Value of Family in Philanthropy and The Family Foundation CEO: Crafting Consensus out of Complexity. Ginny also edited, and was principal author of, the four-volume Family Foundation Library and numerous articles and issue papers on family philanthropy. She has presented at hundreds of programs for and about donor families throughout North America and on four other continents. In addition to her work on family philanthropy, Ginny edited Conscience and Community: The Legacy of Paul Ylvisaker, the writings and speeches of the late foundation trustee, educator, and dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. She has served on boards and committees for organizations including Great Nonprofits, the Binational Commission on the Nonprofit Sector (U.S. and South Africa), the Commission on the Future of Public Education (Public Education Network), Committee on Ethics and Accountability (Independent Sector), the Philanthropy and the Black Church Project, and Strengthening Native American Philanthropy. She currently serves on the board of directors of the John M. Belk Endowment.
David Grant is the former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He served as Chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and was one of the first two non-family members to serve on the board of the Surdna Foundation.
Previously, with his wife Nancy, he co-founded and co-directed The Mountain School, in Vershire, Vermont, a semester-long, interdisciplinary program for eleventh graders from around the country. The Grants now live in Strafford, Vermont and consult with nonprofit organizations, foundations, and schools. David’s new book, The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations, was published in March 2015.
Lindsey Griffith has been a fifth-generation member of the Andrus family for ten years. Her husband's great-great grandfather was John Emory Andrus, who endowed the Surdna Foundation in his estate one-hundred-and-one years ago. For her part, Lindsey has served for the past three years on the Andrus Family Fund (AFF), a program for direct descendants, spouses and children ages 25-45 that is focused on programming and grant-making in the areas of juvenile justice and foster care. As Vice Chair, Lindsey also serves on the Surdna Foundation's Andrus Youth and Family Programming Committee, which oversees the Andrus Family Fund, the Board Experiential Training (BETS) Program for descendants ages 18-24, and the Andrus Youth Service Program (AYSP) for descendants ages 14-17. Outside of her time with the Andrus Family Fund, Lindsey works on energy, climate and environment issues in the United States Senate. Previously, she served as a Policy Fellow and the Acting Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, where she was the resident expert on international energy and climate regulation, trade, and policy. A former Fulbright finalist and visiting research scholar in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, Lindsey has worked and lived in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Lindsey has a Master of Science in Foreign Service with high academic honors from Georgetown University.
Hanh Le is the executive director of the Weissberg Foundation, where she leads strategy development, grantmaking, operations, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the foundation in 2016, she was the chief program officer at Exponent Philanthropy, where she led educational programming, content development, and internal learning efforts. Hanh has directed training, grant, and technical assistance programs for KaBOOM!, Community Technology Centers’ Network, and the Peace Corps. She holds degrees from the College of William & Mary in environmental geology and the University of Virginia School of Architecture in urban and environmental planning. Inspired by the power of collaborative impact and the DC-area community, Hanh co-founded the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle; co-chairs the Metro-DC chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' Racial Equity Working Group; and sits on the boards of Asian American LEAD and North Capital Main Street. She is passionate about family, friends, dogs, biking, food, matrixes, and bad TV.
Richard "Skip" Moore is the past president of the Weaver Foundation, a family foundation serving Greensboro, North Carolina. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and on the Council on Foundations’ Family Philanthropy Committee, and is a past member of the Council’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Weaver Foundation, he had a thirty-year career in higher education, serving at the University of Memphis, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he served as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.
Kelly Davenport Nowlin, a fifth generation member of the Andrus family, was elected as a Surdna Foundation trustee in 2010. She chairs the committees of the Andrus Family Program (AFP) and Centennial Working Group. As chair of the AFP, Kelly is responsible for outreach to, and engagement of close to 500 living descendants of Surdna founding patriarch, John E. Andrus. Kelly also was responsible for guiding the development of activities marking Surdna’s 100th anniversary.
Prior to her board service at Surdna, Kelly was a founding board member of the Andrus Family Fund (AFF), an independent grantmaker launched by Surdna in 2000 as a grantmaking fund for fifth generation family members. She helped develop the fund, including program areas, governance and bylaws, mission and strategic vision, and committees of the board. Kelly served as Vice Chair, then Co-Chair for four years of her seven year term.
Kelly is a board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and was appointed an NCFP Fellow in 2018.
Currently, Kelly is Principal of KDN Philanthropy Consulting, and advises family foundations and non-profit organizations on next generation engagement, governance, organizational culture and communications strategies. Kelly is an honors graduate of Boston College with a BA in Communications and currently lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts with her husband and two teenage children.
Leticia Peguero brings over 20 years of experience in social justice programming and philanthropy to her role at the Andrus Family Fund. She has dedicated her career to issues related to equity and justice for young people and women with the goal of building capacity in underserved and oppressed communities and the organizations that serve them. Leticia has worked at organizations throughout the Tristate area such as the Posse Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–LFP Program, Planned Parenthood of New York City, the Door and the Adolescent AIDS Program.
Mary Phillips is a founding partner and President of GMA Foundations, where she has worked with foundations for over thirty years. She leads the firm’s consulting services and specializes in philanthropic program design and assessment, governance, trustee education, planning for transitions, retreat facilitation, foundation start-up services, and foundation management. Mary serves as philanthropic advisor to numerous foundations, families, and individuals.
Mary is a founding member and current Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers; a learning community for consultants dedicated to increasing and strengthening philanthropy. She is a Past Chair of Associated Grant Makers, a New England-wide, regional association of grantmakers, where she served as an officer for 11 years. She is active in the non-profit community and has presented, facilitated and written for the Council on Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy and the National Center for Family Philanthropy among other local and national philanthropic associations and donor service organizations.
Andrew Schulz is General Counsel for Arabella Advisors. Previously, he was executive vice president and national director of community and legal relations at Foundation Source and prior to that served as vice president for government relations and public policy at the Council on Foundations, where he provided assistance and consultation to council members and the public, and he oversaw the council's legislative initiatives, as well as outreach efforts to members, nonprofits, policymakers, and the public. Prior to this, he was an associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in laws affecting nonprofits. Mr. Schulz is a frequent speaker on legal and public policy issues affecting nonprofits. Several of his articles relating to nonprofits have been published. Mr. Schulz holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Dr. Stephen R. Treat is a senior therapist and former director and CEO of Council for Relationships, the nation’s oldest and largest counseling agency. In his role as CEO, he managed the running of 14 clinical offices throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, numerous professional and public educational programs, and his own busy clinical practice as CFR. Dr. Treat continues to see clients, teach at Thomas Jefferson University, consult with family businesses. He is an in-demand speaker, consultant, and media expert. He has been on local television programs such as NBC-10’s 101 Show, CBS3’s Talk Philly, and local news programs. He has appeared on national television shows, such as the Today Show. He’s also been featured on numerous radio programs, and is often quoted for newspaper and magazine articles. Dr. Treat works with individuals, couples, families and businesses to foster an understanding of how family systems work and how they improve. Additionally, he speaks and consults with universities, schools, religious organizations and nonprofits. Read more.
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. June was appointed as a Fellow of the National Center for Family Philanthropy in 2018.
What participants said:
Attending NCFP's Trustee Education Institute has given me more confidence in my role as a new board member of our foundation. I feel I have the proper information and invigoration now to go forward as a efficient and constructive member of the board. Thank you so much!
Excellent speakers rotate through a well designed agenda. This is a comprehensive program, touching on most everything on trustees' minds. The icing on the cake is the open forum inviting discussion of topics that had not been addressed.
The guest speakers and TEI Staff facilitated an atmosphere of inclusiveness among the attendees that created an environment for rich dialogue and learning. Foundations, like the families they are comprised of, are beautifully complex and unique; however, we often forget how similar we are!
The institute was immensely helpful to me as we create our foundation from the ground up. It gave me a road map, issues to delve deep into and issues to consider. I am really glad that I decided to attend.
NCFP provides a safe space for discussing family philanthropy. The speakers have insights to share & go the extra mile. The agenda is impressive & they get a lot in!