NEW @ the National Center (January 2012 FGN)

Featured this month are a welcome to new Director of Advancement Kirkland Hamill, upcoming events in our Family Philanthropy Teleconference series, new resources in our Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center, and an invitation to sponsor upcoming issues of our Passages issue paper series.

Welcome to NCFP’s First-Ever Director of Advancement, Kirkland Hamill

Kirkland Hamill  joined the staff of the National Center on Monday, January 9th. Kirk has been a successful non-profit executive for over ten years, specializing in all facets of organizational fundraising and management with a special emphasis on major donor solicitation, individual and corporate relationship building and strategic planning.

“Kirkland Hamill brings the special combination of skills and values that we have been looking for to fill this important new position,” said Virginia Esposito, president of the National Center. “He has a deep appreciation for family philanthropy, and the creativity and innovation he has demonstrated in past positions will be invaluable in helping the National Center achieve its mission of promoting philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families.”

Prior to joining NCFP, Kirk served as the Chief Development Officer for the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) where he helped update the much beloved “McGruff™ the Crime Dog” character and launch the nationally recognized “Circle of Respect” program to combat bullying – both with creative partners Saatchi & Saatchi of New York.

Earlier, Kirk was Vice President for Development at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, doubling development revenue in two years – and as the Director of Development of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network where he helped launch a new television series – “The Maine Experience” – by raising over $1.5 million in new money to help cover production costs.

Kirk is very proud to serve on the national board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC which recently led the fight to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and secure marriage equality in New York. He co-chaired HRC’s 2010 National Dinner which hosted over 3000 guests at Washington DC’s Convention Center and raised $1.2 million.

We’ve got a diverse and exciting line-up of Family Philanthropy Teleconferences coming up. See below for details… please note that all calls take place on Thursdays from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

February 9th: Creating Your Giving Identity: Tools and Tips for Next Gen Philanthropists: Most philanthropic families say they want the next generation at the table. Yet how do new trustees develop their personal values and ideas to contribute to the discussions?  And when and if the next gen has a sense of how they’d like to give, will the board actually welcome their perspectives?  How can your foundation actively facilitate this process? This call features two individuals who survived and thrived as next gen board members and now work with families and younger donors to encourage the creation of personal giving identities in the next gen. Hear their views and share your own tools, tips and questions on this ever-important discussion in family philanthropy.


The National Center is delighted to announce the release of six editions of our Passages issue paper series. Copies of each of these editions of Passages are now available for download for all members of our Friends of the Family program and subscribers to our Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center.

Discretionary Grants: Engaging Family… or Pandora’s Box?

A decade ago, the National Center for Family Philanthropy wrote a Passages issue paper to examine family foundation practices around discretionary grants. For this Passages, we revisit the subject to see if trends in the use of these grants are changing. anecdotally, we know that some foundations cut back on their discretionary grantmaking budgets when the economy weakened. others have begun using them as a way to engage a new generation of board members. But what else is new with discretionary grants? it’s time for a fresh look.

A Place at the Table: Non-Family Membership on the Family Foundation Board

What are the signs that your foundation’s board might benefit from adding a community leader to bring new energy and a fresh voice to board deliberations and decisions? Read more about the advantages, challenges, questions, and opportunities of engaging non-family trustees on a family foundation board.

Managing Risk: Board Oversight of Foundation Investments

In the post-Madoff era, the foundation and nonprofit sector continues to struggle with how to invest philanthropic assets most appropriately, and how to ensure that boards and staff are managing investments prudently. This new edition of Passages, authored by two leading experts on the roles and responsibilities of foundation boards, examines the critical role of governance and how to develop policies which ensure prudent investment practices.

A Letter to Seniors (and will be seniors): Planning for your future in philanthropy

This new paper, written by NCFP Senior Fellow Alice Buhl and based on her personal interviews with a dozen seniors each with decades of experience in their family’s philanthropy, provides context, tips and advice for any senior considering their current and future role. The stories outline the many philanthropic paths available, whatever your age.”

Philanthropy’s Role in Raising Responsible Adults

Many advisors to families of wealth focus on overcoming counterproductive behaviors of their clients’ progeny. The authors of this edition of Passages believe a more constructive approach to raising responsible adults emphasizes positive practices, such as philanthropy. The interviews presented here identify four areas of philanthropic engagement which can contribute to inhibiting entitlement behaviors in children of wealth.

Changing Your Grantmaking Lens: Aging as an Asset

Do you view older adults in your community as a valuable and perhaps untapped asset… or as a population in need of increased philanthropic support? Based on interviews with family funders active in this important, complex and diverse funding area, this edition of Passages makes the case that answer is a little bit of both, but more of the former than you might think.


We are currently preparing to release several exciting new editions of Passages, including:

  • Celebrating Milestones in Family Philanthropy
  • Youth on Board: Children and Teens in Family Philanthropy
  • Family Foundation Board Meetings

The National Center develops Passages issue papers on important topics as a service to our network of more than 40,000 family philanthropies, as well as for nonprofits and members of the general public interested in learning more about this fascinating field.

Are you a family foundation, advisory firm, or business serving philanthropic families interested in being a partner in delivering this top quality information? Please contact Jason Born at or 202.293.3424 for information on sponsorship and other branding opportunities.

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