Strategic Lifespan Peer Network: Managing Messaging

Thursday, October 17, 2019, TBD until TBD EST

Peer Network during the National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Who should attend

NCFP’s benchmark Trends in Family Philanthropy study found that 20% of the youngest family foundations have decided to operate with a limited lifespan, and more than 60% of all foundations are considering or have decided upon this option. Have you made this decision? Are you thinking about the implications and strategies for limiting the lifespan of your foundation?  Join this network to speak with other funders considering limiting their lifespan or who have made the decision to spend down. This peer network is co-chaired by two field leaders, Barbara Kibbe, director at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and Lois Mitchell, philanthropy consultant and former president of the Orfalea Foundations.


This network is offered at no fee for NCFP Friends of the Family, members of our Family Philanthropy Online Partner Communities, and other donors and family foundations that are considering or have decided to spend out. If you are not currently an NCFP Friend or member of one of our Partner Subscribers, please email your contact information (name, email, phone, and organization) and a short description of your goals for being part of this network to

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Managing Messaging: All-way communication for spend-down foundations & funds

NCFP’s Strategic Lifespan Peer Network is a special group of friends of the family and those across the field who are thinking about or have the made the decision to limit the lifespan of their foundation. Whether you have attended the peer network before or you are new or curious, join us to discuss messaging and all-way communication to address of the needs and interests of stakeholders from grantees to funding partners to the media. We will address key tactics and strategies identified from the network:

  • 60% Tactics poll results: Managing messaging & communication efforts
  • 20% Strategies poll results: Determining & establishing legacy, brand & impact focus
  • 20% Strategies poll results: Documenting lessons learned for field, grantees, others


The specific date and time of this session will be updated closer to the event.

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