Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network

NCFP’s Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network supports the special roles community foundations play with philanthropic families as a trusted resource and partner. A National Advisory Committee, chaired by Jennifer Touchet, Senior Director of Family Philanthropy for the Greater Houston Community Foundation, provides strategic guidance. Thank you to the Lilly Endowment and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for their initial funding for the network’s inception/ creation/ incubation.

Download an overview of the initiative

Learn from peers and experts

Network members exchange ideas, tools, stories, and effective practices through Spark Session webinars, monthly topical calls, and a private Dropbox library. Some previous topics include: staffing your family engagement program, models for engaging next gen donors, working within a family’s advisory team, and educational programs for donor families. In addition, Network members are the only community foundations that can attend NCFP’s popular National Forum on Family Philanthropy. Each Forum features a special in-depth skill-building workshop just for community foundation staff and board members.


Access new resources and tools

NCFP is developing new case studies, articles, issue briefs, and other content to help Network members increase their knowledge and capacity to effectively serve philanthropic families. Network members gain access to NCFP’s Knowledge Center, a digital library of 2,200+ resources that help families transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve. Topics range from succession and governance to family dynamics and next gen preparation, and from family legacy planning to grantmaking practices.

By mid-2017, we’ll launch two new tools for community foundations:

  • Family Philanthropy Readiness Self-Assessment: An online tool for foundations considering moving from basic donor services and education programs to a philanthropic advisory or counsel role to families. Thirty questions will assess mission fit, market position, capacity, and perceived business model and success measures.
  • Family Philanthropy Playbook: An online tool to help foundations plan, develop, implement, and assess family philanthropy services. It will have 7 modules: the basics, building the case, defining goals and measures, market positioning, readiness & capacity, business planning & marketing, and delivering services.

Increase support for donors and advisors

Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network members can choose to offer their donor families free access to NCFP’s Knowledge Center and monthly family philanthropy webinars, and discounted attendance to the National Forum on Family Philanthropy. Members can also re-use Knowledge Center articles for donor and professional advisor newsletters, online portals, and education programs.

Join the network

Community foundations of any size can join the Network any time during the year. We’re offering new members a two-year, discounted Starter package to get to know NCFP and test using our resources for your staff and board members and donor families. Contact us to schedule a web demo of our services and the Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network. Or, click here to see our pricing, a sampling of other members, and testimonials.

Want a sneak preview?

A few of the webinars and materials created for the Network are available for free: