Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center

NCFP’s Knowledge Center is your premier source of information and inspiration for family philanthropy. Our 24-hour digital library puts over 2,000 resources at your fingertips—discussion papers, sample policies, assessment tools, webinar replays and much more. There is no limit on the number of items you can view and no need to check out!

Who Benefits from the Knowledge Center?

  • NCFP Friends of the Family. Family foundations often share access to the Knowledge Center with board members and staff.
  • Partner Subscribers to Family Philanthropy Online Subscribers. Includes community foundations, regional associations of grantmakers, financial and legal advisors, philanthropic advisors, consultants, family offices and other organizations that support family philanthropy.
  • Community Members of our Partner Subscribers. Many of our Partner Subscribers choose to make their access available to their networks of donors, families, and clients. 

Getting started

Current Friends of the Family and FP Online Subscribers may log in to access the Knowledge Center. Not a Friend of the Family or FP Online Subscriber? Sign Up Now or Learn More about your subscription options. Want to take a look at what we offer before you subscribe?


View 100+ webinars

Register for upcoming monthly webinars or replay any of more than 110 previous webinars covering every imaginable topic in family philanthropy. Audio recordings, handouts, written transcripts and slides are also available whenever you need them.


Download resources

Our Knowledge Center features hundreds of discussion papers, articles and sample materials as well as stories and best practices used by families engaged in philanthropy. Here are just a few of the topics we offer:

  • Engaging the next generation of family as board members
  • Reviewing your current governance practices or staffing structure
  • Considering a new discretionary grants program
  • Managing a geographically dispersed and politically diverse board


Access groundbreaking research on trends

Subscribers to FP Online receive complimentary access to all our specialized research reports and board discussion papers as well as Passages Issue Briefs, such as Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations and The Power to Produce Wonders: The Value of Family in Philanthropy.


Share your own stories

Our Knowledge Center was designed to be a forum for sharing experiences in governance, grantmaking and management, and inspiring other philanthropists. Developed for and by your colleagues around the globe, our Knowledge Center is the perfect starting point for reviewing and revising your current policies and practices.

Has your family developed a policy that would help others?