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Neil Sumilas

Neil Sumilas

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What do you do at NCFP?

A little bit of everything! My primary responsibilities are operational, financial, and administrative – but if I can be helpful to the program or development teams, I am always happy to pitch in and bring my expertise to the table.

What are your favorites?

If there’s scuba diving, or fishing, or boating, I’m content. So, anywhere on the water (but especially the Greek Islands.)
Family Tradition
Family Tradition:
Summer weekends in Sea Isle City, NJ.
Leadership development – preparing young people for the responsibilities of leadership that they will face in the future.
Anything that keeps my son entertained
Georgetown Hoyas basketball – I’ve been a season ticket holder for 15 years.
Most recently “The Signal and the Noise” by Nate Silver. An interesting take on how we interpret (or don’t interpret) data as we come to conclusions and make decisions.

What is the biggest trend in the field of family philanthropy?

Although I’m new to the field, I’ve heard a lot about the importance of involving the next generation in philanthropic leadership. I hope I can bring my leadership development experience to this conversation going forward.

What did you do before NCFP?

Most recently, I consulted for a variety of organizations, focusing primarily on programmatic and management issues unique to non-profits. Before that, I was with the German Marshall Fund for many years, working for a long time in leadership development programs focused on young professionals. Many of those young people that I worked with 10 or 15 years ago have become senior leaders in philanthropy and I am delighted that I get to re-engage with some of them here at NCFP.

What do you like most about your job?

The people – the NCFP team is a talented, energetic group who are excited about what they do. I’m excited to be working with them every day.