About the National Center for Family Philanthropy

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) was founded in 1997 in response to the need for a national source of knowledge and expertise that advocates for the value of family philanthropy. Grounded by the perspective of donor families, NCFP has helped define this burgeoning field and raise awareness of its unique issues. The National Center for Family Philanthropy’s mission is to promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families. Our understanding and experience with the very personal act of giving ensures that these donors and their advisors have access to the highest quality information.

NCFP 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. Together, we make great things happen.

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Hear from our Network

ami-aronson-100x100NCFP is a great investment in our family leadership, allow us to access and learn alongside other family foundations. NCFP helps us raise the bar and remain relevant, flexible and creative.

— Ami Aronson, Executive Director, Bernstein Family Foundation


doug-bitonti-stewart.jpg_1217515812NCFP is critical to our sector. The team creates and provides the latest in research, pushes our field toward excellence and makes connections throughout family philanthropy for trustees, the next generation and staff.

— Doug Bitonti Stewart, Executive Director, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation


christine-elbel-100x100The National Center for Family Philanthropy is an essential resource to our field. NCFP offers valuable data on best practices and national trends, and provides customized support as needed.

— Christine Elbel, Executive Director, Fleishhacker Foundation


Rick-Williams-100x100The value of NCFP to the Sobrato Family Foundation is not just its commitment to supporting best practices and effective operations among new and existing family foundations, but its commitment to supporting collective engagement and sustainable impact by building the field at-large.

— Rick Williams, CEO, Sobrato Family Foundation


shirley-fredricks.jpg_1217515812NCFP is the premiere organization for family foundations and donor advised funds in the country. Their work and advice embraces every kind of family and surrounds them with all the expertise and encouragement to help them become outstanding grantmakers.

— Shirley Fredricks, Board Member, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation


suzanna-stribling-100x100Among the many philanthropy-related associations, I find NCFP the most relevant for my work. Working with a family requires a unique set of skills that I’m constantly challenged to keep honing. NCFP helps me do just that, connecting me to useful resources and talented people in the field.

— Suzanna Stribling, Executive Director, Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation