Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Walton Family FoundationThe Zarrow Family Foundation; The Heising-Simons Foundation; The Zilber Family FoundationThe Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; The Overbrook Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.

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Walton Foundation Gives $20 Million Toward Colorado River Projects

Efforts to manage and preserve the Colorado River are getting a boost from the Walton Family Foundation, which has pledged $20 million over the next two years to fund projects aimed at water conservation and restoring river ecosystems.

Zarrow Family Foundation Donates Building to Organization Transitioning Women from Homelessness

The Zarrow Family Foundation has gifted the Lindsey House a new building that would act as a second location and provide them with 24 additional units. The Lindsay House is currently a 13-unit facility near Sixth and Elgin, serving women with children transitioning out of homelessness. Nearly all of the women who live in the facility were previously incarcerated, and demand is high, as Oklahoma leads the nation with the highest women's incarceration rate. 

Heising-Simons Foundation: Learning to Bridge a Generation Gap in Philanthropy

The Heising-Simons Foundation was profiled in the New York Times this month. The article highlighted the importance of involving the next generation in family giving, while detailing the challenges associated with engagement. 

Zilber Family Foundation Announces $2.19 Million in Grants to Benefit Milwaukeeans

The Zilber Family Foundation recently awarded 27 grants totaling $2,196,100 to nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee. In keeping with the Foundation’s mission, the 27 grants support local efforts to meet basic needs and enhance personal safety, increase access to social and economic opportunity, and improve the quality of community life.

Mott Foundation Surpasses $1 Billion in Grants for Flint

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced that its grantmaking for the Flint area since 1926, the year it was founded, has surpassed $1 billion. Adjusted for inflation, total grantmaking by the foundation for the Flint area over the last ninety years would be more than $2.3 billion. A recent grant of $3.2 million to the Crim Fitness Foundation for ongoing support of a community initiative put the foundation over the $1 billion mark.

Overbrook Foundation Trying to Cure What Ails Environmentalism

The Overbrook Foundation, embarked on an effort in 2013 to address some of the issues that slow the progress of the environmental movement. Those problems include competition among groups and an inability to identify shared goals and align interests. Overbrook set out to broaden the environmental movement to connect with other progressive issues like social and economic justice. Their environmentalism subprogram has given $1.86 million to date. 

Surdna Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $14 Million

The Surdna Foundation has announced 72 grants totaling more than $14 million to organizations working to foster just and sustainable communities in the United States. Second-quarter grants were awarded in the foundation's focus areas of strong local economies, sustainable environments, and thriving cultures. 

Special Thanks: NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle Members

We offer special thanks to our Friends of the Family and Leadership Circle funders who support and sustain the work of NCFP. Our Leadership Circle recognizes a special group of our most generous supporters. Our Friends offer continuing support for our work, ensuring that future generations of donor families can access the best possible resources for sound decision-making. See a complete list of NCFP Leadership Circle and Friends of the Family. Or, for more information, please contact Maureen Esposito at 202.293.3276 or at