Strategic Lifespan Peer Network: Managing Messaging
Peer Network during the National Forum on Family Philanthropy
NCFP’s benchmark Trends in Family Philanthropy study found that 20% of the youngest family foundations have decided to operate with a limited lifespan, and more than 60% of all foundations are considering or have decided upon this option. Have you made this decision? Are you thinking about the implications and strategies for limiting the lifespan of your foundation? Join this network to speak with other funders considering limiting their lifespan or who have made the decision to spend down. This peer network is co-chaired by two field leaders, Barbara Kibbe, director at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and Lois Mitchell, philanthropy consultant and former president of the Orfalea Foundations.
Managing Messaging: All-way Communication for Spend-down Foundations & Funds
October 16-18th: A session at the National Forum in Chicago
NCFP’s Strategic Lifespan Peer Network is a special group of friends of the family and those across the field who are thinking about or have the made the decision to limit the lifespan of their foundation. Whether you have attended the peer network before or you are new or curious, join us to discuss messaging and all-way communication to address the needs and interests of stakeholders from grantees and foundation staff to funding partners and the media. We will address key tactics and strategies identified from the network:
- 60% Tactics poll results: Managing messaging & communication efforts
- 20% Strategies poll results: Determining & establishing legacy, brand & impact focus
- 20% Strategies poll results: Documenting lessons learned for field, grantees, others
The specific date and time of this session will be updated closer to the event.
Barbara Kibbe joined the S. D. Bechtel Junior Foundation as director of organizational effectiveness in 2013. She came to the Foundation with 25 years of experience in philanthropy as an executive, a consultant, a grantmaker, and a foundation program director working with family, private, corporate, and community foundations. Barbara is co-author of Succeeding with Consultants and Grantmaking Basics. In 2010, she co-authored What’s Next for Philanthropy. She is a founder of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), an organization dedicated to building knowledge, promoting learning, and encouraging dialogue on nonprofit and grantmaker effectiveness. Barbara holds a B.A. in art from Wagner College and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Lois Mitchell has extensive experience directing philanthropic initiatives, navigating strategic plans, and building key partnerships with cross-sector leadership. She guides multi-generational family, community, corporate, private, and operating foundations to build governance, processes, organizational culture, legacy, branded programs and facilitated retreats, forums and board sessions. As President of the Orfalea Foundations from 2000-2015, Mitchell led a 20+ member team through innovative collaborations, audacious campaigns, public events, and an intentional sunset spend-down.