Family and Volunteer Staff Peer Network: Thriving as a Board Chair
NCFP's Family Staff and Volunteer Peer Network is a peer discussion forum for NCFP Friends who serve in a paid or volunteer family staffing role. This network meets approximately quarterly via online video discussions; calls are peer-directed, with NCFP staff and other outside experts serving as resource people and helping suggest materials and resources for future education and growth for those who serve in this unique role.
There is no fee for NCFP Friends. Please note this network is offered exclusively to our friends. For information on joining our network please email email@example.com.
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Join the Family and Volunteer Staff Peer Network for a discussion on board chair dynamics and the potential challenges and successes in this role at a family foundation guided by NCFP's Passages research on board chairs. Whether it be collaborating with other staff and family members, managing complicated expectations and engagements across an organization, or navigating your foundation’s journey, join us and learn from your peers who will ask thought-provoking questions and provide advice through their own personal experience.
Elaine Gast Fawcett, Contributing Editor to the National Center for Family Philanthropy, is a philanthropy writer and communications strategist who has been telling people's stories since fifth grade. For the past 20 years, she has worked to strengthen the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors by sharing the practices that elevate governance, management, and community impact. Elaine has interviewed 1000+ family foundation trustees and leaders, and has authored books, reports, toolkits, articles, and communications campaigns for family foundations and grantmaker associations (including NCFP). She has managed multi-million dollar grant programs for foundations including The David & Lucile Packard Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and is a certified multigenerational family trainer with 21/64. Elaine enjoys meandering mountain trails of the east SF Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and three young girls.
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.
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!