Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Nord Family Foundation; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Raikes Foundation; Rasmuson Foundation; Hyde Family Foundation; Ruth Mott Foundation; and the Bainum Family Foundation.

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Hilton Humanitarian Prize Awarded to Shining Hope for Communities

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presented the Hilton Humanitarian Prize to SHOFCO (Shining Hope for Communities). SHOFCO works to transform urban slums by providing critical services. In conjunction with the Prize Ceremony, the Foundation hosted a symposium guided by the theme "The Future of Humanitarian Action: Resetting Our Moral Compass." The Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.


Nord Family Foundation leader to retire next year

The Nord Family Foundation Executive Director John Mullaney will retire June 2019 after 21 years of service. Mullaney increased the foundation’s endowment to $170 million from $73 million and annual distributions rising to $7.5 million from $2 million. Anthony Richardson, head of the Lorain Schools’ Academic Distress Commission and program officer for The Nord Family Foundation, will serve as the foundation’s next executive director.

Ridgway White Named Mott Foundation CEO

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has chosen Ridgway White, president of the $2.8 billion foundation and a great-grandson of its founder, to also serve as chief executive officer. He succeeds his father, Bill White, who has retired as CEO after nearly 50 years at the foundation. In a press release, White wrote that the “demands of running a sizable philanthropic organization are increasing every day, and Ridgway brings vigor, energy and insight to the challenges we face in all our areas of interest. I’m proud to watch Ridgway contributing to the sector and leading the Mott Foundation. I’m also pleased to say I believe C.S. Mott would recognize today’s Foundation and the work we’re doing as his own.”

Rasmuson Foundation Hiring Program Positions

The Rasmuson Foundation is hiring for two full-time roles: Program Officer and Program Officer – External Affairs. Positions will remain open until filled, but resume review begins December 1, 2018. The successful candidates will serve as a resource for the Foundation Board and work with everyone on staff towards the Foundation’s mission to promote a better life for Alaskans.

Raikes Foundation Seeks Executive Director

The Raikes Foundation has been a leader in catalyzing systems-level change and influencing issues related to young people and impact-driven philanthropy. As living donors and trustees of the foundation, Tricia and Jeff Raikes are deeply committed to their philanthropic initiatives and actively engaged in the strategic direction of the foundation. Now at a pivotal moment, the new Executive Director will lead the next phase of impact and increased investment and serve as a trusted advisor to the trustees in the further articulation, refinement, and execution of their philanthropic vision. The full job description can be found here.

Hyde Family Foundation donates $5.2 million to Memphis riverfront transformation project

The Hyde Family Foundation pledged $5.2 million to transform the Memphis riverfront, bringing the foundation's financial contribution up to $6.265 million. The money will support the redesign of about one mile of the riverfront between Beale Street and Carolina Avenue, and a new community engagement employee who will develop park programming to bring more people to the waterfront.

Hilton Foundation Establishes Conejo Valley Victims Fund

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation established the CONEJO VALLEY VICTIMS FUND after the tragedy in Thousand Oaks, California. The Foundation is working with the Ventura County Community Foundation, the City of Thousand Oaks, Amgen Foundation and California Community Foundation to provide support to the victims, families and organizations providing first and second line support.

Raquel Thueme Named Ruth Mott Foundation President

The Ruth Mott Foundation named Raquel Thueme as president. She joined the $215 million foundation as program director in 2011, and succeeds Handy Lindsey Jr., who has retired after four years as president. Thueme was the Foundation’s vice president of programs and played an integral role in gathering input from hundreds of community members in developing its north Flint focus.

Bainum Family Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

Barbara Bainum will step down as CEO and President of the Bainum Family Foundation within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. She served as CEO for 10 years and oversaw the Foundation through its 50th anniversary year. The Foundation, based in Bethesda, recently donated a half-million dollars to support the expansion of the Lourie Center for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellness in Rockville, Maryland.

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