Trends 2020: Results of the Second National Benchmark Survey of Family Foundations

NCFP’s inaugural study on trends in family philanthropy, Trends 2015, was the first benchmark study of its kind, designed to collect timely and actionable information about the field at a national level. The study’s findings shed light on common challenges and have guided many in their philanthropy decisions.

Trends 2020 includes new questions relevant to ongoing changes in the field including issues of equity, place-based giving, transparency, the role of the donor, and the question of spend down versus perpetuity. These questions were developed by the Trends in Family Philanthropy National Advisory Committee, NCFP staff, and our experienced research partner, Phoenix Marketing International. Not only did the survey gather critical new data on the field, but it allows us to measure its findings against those from 2015—an incredible opportunity to track changes over time.

Read the Executive Summary of key findings.

Trends in Family Philanthropy

This Content Collection features NCFP's Trends 2020 Study and other current research on the field of family philanthropy.

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Policy Central

NCFP's Policy Central includes sample policies and practices in the areas of governance, grantmaking, family dynamics, engaging the next generation, investments, management, and staffing. New samples are added frequently, and are here when you need them!

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Foundation Archives

This Content Collection features reports and articles of interest to foundations considering whether to establish archives to preserve their records, knowledge, and histories.

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Strategic Philanthropy

This Content Collection features NCFP research, webinars, and additional resources to use as your foundation or family considers its overall strategy and approach to philanthropy.

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Capital Grants

This Content Collection includes several articles and briefing papers from family foundations that have used capital grants as a core part of their strategy, along with sample guidelines for capital grants.

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How to Serve the Redefined Family

This content collection was curated to provide resources and tips for how your philanthropic family can adapt to a redefined family.

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Money and Values

This content collection was curated to share some experience, tips, and tools to better support philanthropic families in their money journeys.

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Funding Resiliency

This Content Collection shares a collection of resources developed by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation on the topic of resiliency. It is designed to help deepen thinking about where, when, and how to invest in capacity building, while also helping funders to explore the dimensions of resiliency and help their grantee organizations prepare for eventual independence from grant funding.

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Family Stories and Interviewing Elders

This Content Collection was curated for you to discover a variety of techniques available for engaging with elders to document a family history that may be shared with generations to come.

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Pride of Place

This Content Collection features NCFP's report providing the first-ever in-depth look examining place-based, multi-generational family giving, along with a variety of other resources and case studies on place-based family philanthropy.

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