Jason Born

Jason Born

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What do you do at NCFP?

I head NCFP's programming activities and serve as our lead knowledge curator and creator of content for philanthropic families. I connect families looking for others to talk with who have walked down similar paths. I also design and host our monthly Family Philanthropy Webinar series, and edit the Family Giving News e-newsletter and the Passages Issue Brief series.

What are your favorites?

Yosemite National Park
Family Tradition
Family Tradition:
Going to the beach the week after school ends
Housing and homelessness
New Orleans
Baseball, basketball, and coaching kids soccer
The Bourne Identity (ha!)

What is the biggest trend in the field of family philanthropy?

One of the biggest is the growing recognition that perpetuity is not the only option for family foundations and donors. Giving more now is often the most important strategic decision you can make (but not always!).

What did you do before NCFP?

This is my second go round with NCFP, which gives you a sense for how much I enjoy this work! Prior to my current term with NCFP, I served on the staff of the Melville Charitable Trust as the founding director for Funders Together to End Homelessness, the nation's first affinity group focused on ending homelessness. I have also previously held positions working with families at The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston and the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC. I have authored or edited more than 60 publications and reports on family philanthropy and related topics, have a Master in Economics from Tulane University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. I grew up on a dirt road in Maine.

What do you like most about your job?

I am constantly inspired by the time and energy that families volunteer to supporting institutions and causes that are important to them. I love connecting families with others who share their interests and who can help them to navigate the tricky issues that sometimes arise in this work.