Privacy, Purpose and the Public Trust: Finding a Balance
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
How do you balance what you share externally with your family’s need for privacy? And what are the benefits and challenges of being transparent in your communications and relationships? Join NCFP as we explore this topic with family philanthropy experts.
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Jason C. Born is vice president for programs at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In this role, Jason serves as NCFP's lead knowledge curator, content creator, and connector for philanthropic families. Jason is the founding editor of both Family Giving News and the Passages Issue Brief series, and serves as host of NCFP’s monthly Family Philanthropy Webinar series. He previously helped to launch Funders Together to End Homelessness as director of national outreach for the Melville Charitable Trust.
Pam David, former long-time Executive Director of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, is now Northern California Grantmakers' inaugural senior fellow. She will continue to serve as a Social Impact Fellow at the Haas School of Business, Institute of Social Sector Leadership, at the University of California, Berkeley, and has launched a private consulting practice, providing advice to philanthropy, government, and the social sector.
Pam is a seasoned cross sector leader with expertise in the fields of philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, local government, and community development. In addition to heading up the Haas, Sr. Fund for 15 years, Pam is the former Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Development, and former chief of staff of the city’s Human Services Agency. She is passionate about social justice, and is committed to improving the effectiveness of public-private partnerships. Throughout her career, Ms. David has played an instrumental role in building resources for community-based development in lower income neighborhoods, and addressing capacity and sustainability issues in the nonprofit sector. Having worked as a community organizer, for a Presidential candidate, three San Francisco mayors, and a significant Bay Area family foundation, Ms. David has a nuanced understanding of the complex interplay between community, the nonprofit sector, government, and philanthropy.
Laura McCargar was appointed as President of the Perrin Family Foundation (PFF) in June of 2016. Laura joined the foundation in 2011 as a Program Officer, where she played a central role in designing the foundation’s youth-led social change grantmaking and the oversaw the development and implementation of capacity building initiatives designed to strengthen, promote and expand youth organizing across Connecticut.Laura’s work in the philanthropic sector and her deep belief in the power of youth-led social change is informed by her experience as a youth worker and organizer.
Prior to joining the Perrin Family Foundation, Laura was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from Open Society Foundations to engage in research and organizing around the previously little known role that alternative schools and adult education programs play in Connecticut’s school-to-prison pipeline. From 2002-2010, Laura served as the founding Executive Director of Youth Rights Media, a New Haven-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to use media and organizing strategies to create community change.
John Mullaney has been the Executive Director of the Nord Family Foundation since April 1998. Prior to his tenure at The Nord Family Foundation, Mr. Mullaney served in both the education and non-profit sectors and developing countries. He was a program and research manager at Harvard University’s Institute for International Development and a program director for the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, also at Harvard University. In each of his positions, he had the opportunity to work directly with university faculty and public officials in Latin America, Europe and Africa. His experience in philanthropy began in 1982 as a country representative for Catholic Relief Services in El Salvador during that country’s civil war. John completed his undergraduate education at Boston College and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University.
Bob Reid manages the JF Maddox Foundation, which is a place-based private foundation in Hobbs, New Mexico. His foundation grant making experience has largely focused on education reform, higher education, workforce training, community and economic development, social services, access to healthcare, and substance abuse. He is also engaged in global development work in South America and Africa and is involved in research on organizational behavior and private philanthropy. Previously, Bob had a successful career in turning around underperforming healthcare institutions and managing a network of hospitals including both acute care and behavioral health facilities.
Bob’s research has yielded important insights and implications for both management practitioners and policymakers. In his executive leadership roles in philanthropy and business, he has developed strategies for enhanced organizational leadership and effective governance.
What participants said:
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.
These webinar events are the most valuable as part of our SECF membership... we access current experts on the topics pertinent to family foundations...and we remain in our office!.... no travel expenses or conference fees... and we can access this information at a future time for our Board. A win-win for all of us who are so busy but are eager to stay current and networked.
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!