Frequently Asked Questions


Why is the National Center for Family Philanthropy hosting this event in Washington, D.C.?

The nation’s capital has served as our home office since our founding in 1997. As we prepare to celebrate 20 years in service to donors and families engaged in philanthropy, we felt it was appropriate to go back to where it all started for NCFP!

2014-attendees-with-babyWho is eligible to attend the National Forum?

The National Forum on Family Philanthropy is specifically designed for giving families. Registration is open to individual donors; trustees of family foundations; and leadership staff of family foundations and funds, as well as supporters and partners of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, including community foundations and regional associations of grantmakers that are subscribers to our Family Philanthropy Online partnership. To maintain the close and intimate atmosphere that has become a hallmark of National Forums, registration for this special event will be capped at approximately 450 registrants.

Are there early bird discounts and/or discounts for members of the National Center’s Friends of the Family program?

Yes. All NCFP Friends of the Family and Leadership Circle Funders will be eligible to register for the National Forum at the Early Registration rate, which is several hundred dollars lower than the regular rate. More information on the registration fee will be available in the near future. Learn more about the benefits of our Friends of the Family network.

Who should I contact for additional information about attending the National Forum?

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to attend the National Forum on Family Philanthropy, please call 202.293.3424 for assistance. Please note: if you register and it is determined that you are not eligible to attend, a $75 fee will be deducted from your refund to cover processing costs. So, please call us if you are unsure whether your are eligible.

2014-forum-attendeesWho should I contact for additional information about sponsoring the National Forum?

A variety of corporate and foundation sponsorship packages are available for interested foundations, financial institutions, and partners. Please contact Kirkland Hamill at or 202.293.3424 for details on sponsorship options, or click here for details.

Do you have suggestions for evening dining and entertainment options while at the event?

Yes. Washington, D.C. is home to a wide and eclectic array of fantastic restaurants and entertainment venues. A full list of options will be made available to registrants for the event.

What was the feedback to past Forums, held in Cambridge, MA (2014) and Seattle, WA (2015)?

Here’s what past National Forum attendees have had to share…

“The sessions and plenaries were thought-provoking and engaging…and networking was nonstop. The Forum exceeded my expectations in all ways.” — Kathleen Odne, Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation

“We greeted old friends and colleagues and found new comrades who share this precious journey of philanthropy together. We have been strengthened and inspired.” — Shirley Fredricks, Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

“Bright, engaged presenters who presented new and exciting ideas and expanded older ones.” — Anonymous

“The plenaries and breakouts I attended were very strong, and I took a lot of notes. I connected with people – including old friends and new ones.” — Lowell Weiss, Cascade Philanthropy Advisors