The National Center for Family Philanthropy is the only nonprofit resource dedicated exclusively to families who give and those that work with them. NCFP provides research, expertise and learning opportunities to inspire our national network of giving families every step of the way on their philanthropic journey. Families learn how to transform their values into effective giving to achieve a positive and enduring impact on the communities they serve.
To discover the importance of family philanthropy in today’s world, check out our list of Important Accomplishments in Family Philanthropy and our slide show, The Value of Family Philanthropy below. We work with a broad range of individuals and institutions—find your fit in the categories below and follow the links to learn more about the programs and services we offer.
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Family philanthropists are committed to a shared vision. They have worked hard, often over generations, to make a lasting impact on their community. Investing time and resources together helps families focus on achieving long-term goals.
Sometimes the bureaucracy of large organizations can stand in the way of progress when quick decisions must be made. Family philanthropists often have the structural flexibility to organize a fast, effective response to the community’s needs.
Successful ventures require strong leadership. When families share their knowledge and experience, they inspire others in the field and create a sense of community. People develop valuable and supportive relationships that help them succeed over time.
Multi-generational perspectives help create new solutions to old problems. While older generations pass on their legacy and lessons, future generations bring new ideas to the table. Both perspectives open the door to greater potential.
Philanthropy fosters self-reliant, active family members who are better able—and more willing—to contribute to their communities in a significant way. Families share positive experiences with others, rather than focusing on "who gets what."
Encouraging philanthropy early in life helps ensure that future generations make contributions of their own over the course of their lifetimes. Each generation forges their philanthropic identity to ensure positive, sustainable change.
Personal connections not only support the work families and donors fund—they spark greater interest and involvement. This, in turn, reinforces the drive to achieve goals from one generation to the next.
Individual donors who engage family members, especially from other generations, actively model their intentions to friends and colleagues who see their involvement as good citizenship. Family philanthropy promotes a sense of belonging and a culture of giving that improves quality of life for all.