The Courage to Lead in Family Philanthropy: A Special Pre-Forum Retreat offered in partnership with the Center for Courage & Renewal

The Retreat is an opportunity to discuss fundamental questions of leadership, impact, sustainability and self-care. It includes time for individual reflection and small group dialogue to explore together “habits of the heart” that tap into your inner wisdom, courage, hope, and hopelessness. The retreat is based on the work of Parker Palmer, noted author and co-founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal (

Operating from a place of personal integrity and authenticity helps us find the courage to face challenges and competing demands and to make the difficult decisions we encounter every day. Increasing self- awareness and developing new skills helps us creatively hold the tensions we experience between the world as it is and the world we would like to see. Explore fundamental questions we hear from NCFP members including:

  • What is the meaning of my leadership and philanthropy in this time of crisis and incivility? What does it mean to be a “helper” in this culture?
  • How do I hold my deep concern for grantee partners in life-giving ways?
  • What risks am I being called to take, what’s holding me back, and where do I find courage to engage the uncomfortable?

Register now to attend! The Retreat is limited to the first 25 registrants. The Retreat begins on Tuesday, October 17 at 12:00 pm and concludes on Wednesday October 18 prior to the start of the Forum. Participants are expected to fully attend all retreat sessions.

The Retreat leaders are Gayle Williams, leadership coach, facilitator and former Executive Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and Tara Reynolds, Executive Director of The Wisdom Connection, both experienced family philanthropy and Courage and Renewal Retreats facilitators.

 “Many, many thanks for bringing in the Center for Courage and Renewal! This 1.5 day session has been a tremendous opportunity to reflect that I never have (or take time for). One of the best sessions I’ve attended!

-A testimonial from a 2015 Courage to Lead Retreat

Pre-Forum Workshop for Community Foundations

NCFP is hosting a Pre-Forum Workshop for staff from our Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network. The workshop runs from 1:00-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Oct. 18. There is no registration cost for the workshop; you pay for your own meals and travel. Multiple staff are welcome to attend and you can attend even if you don’t attend the National Forum.

courtney-pullenCourtney Pullen, M.A., will kick things off with a skill-building session on Supporting Resiliency in the Rising Generation. He’ll discuss tools for helping families navigate life transitions, supporting rising generations in finding their voice, best practices of legacy families, and more. Courtney is a nationally-recognized trainer of professional advisors, coach and consultant to wealthy families, and author of Intentional Wealth: How Families Build Legacies of Stewardship and Financial Health. The Workshop will also feature time spent on peer learning and other skill-building to help you deliver effective services to generous families.

Open registration for this special event is now available for members of NCFP’s Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network.  To register, contact Michael Goodman at 202.293.3424.