InactiveSpark Session on the Role of Community in Family Philanthropy Values, Mission, and Strategy

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Community foundations are trusted, professional advisors to philanthropic families and a valuable source of local knowledge and insights.

This webinar will focus on how community foundations work with family donors to clarify their values and motivations, shape their philanthropic strategy and identify their philanthropic objectives – in a way that supports the community and place-based efforts.

About this series

This program is part of the Spark Session series under NCFP’s Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network. The series is designed for community foundations to exchange practical advice, tools, and tips from peers on aspects of their family philanthropy engagement. In one hour, this content-rich webinar feature peer case study examples and will allow attendees to delve deeper through an open facilitated dialogue.

Who should attend

Community foundations staff interested in how to work with families to clarify their values, motivations, and philanthropic strategy.


Kim Wright serves as Director of Philanthropic Services at the Seattle Foundation. She has been at the Foundation for over seven years and has served as a Program Officer and Senior Philanthropic Advisor. Navigating through the world of philanthropy can be an overwhelming and daunting task; Kim works closely with donors to articulate their goals and create a roadmap to reach them while enjoying the journey of giving. She specializes in helping donors develop personal and sometimes complex philanthropic plans with an emphasis on making a meaningful impact, both locally and internationally. Drawing on her 18 years of experience in youth philanthropy leadership, she is leading the Foundation’s work with multiple generation families and is a mentor in The Seattle Foundation’s Youth Grantmaking Alumni Network. She is a certified trainer and early adapter in 21/64’s multigenerational tools and approaches to philanthropy consulting. She proudly serves on the board of Bolder Giving and the community foundation's Advancement Network, she is also a member of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s Board of Advocates. Kim recently joined the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s Community Foundations Advisory Committee and was a 2014 National Philanthropy Day keynote speaker discussing the future of philanthropy. She has travelled around the world with Semester at Sea and currently supports education programs in India and Rwanda in addition to the Seattle area. She is a strong advocate of an art and science approach to philanthropy and believes that people should use all of their aptitudes to connect with and support the talented individuals and meaningful work happening in the community.

Elizabeth Sullivan brings deep knowledge on national trends, strategy, and best practices in private philanthropy and corporate giving. In March 2015, Liz joined the National Center for Family Philanthropy as Program Manager to launch the two-year Family Philanthropy Through Community Foundations initiative, designed to enhance the effectiveness of families working with community foundations as their giving partners. From 2006 to 2013, Liz worked at the Council on Foundations, a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Most recently, Liz was Managing Director of Corporate, Independent, and Family Philanthropy where she stewarded a portfolio of ~850 members and led a change management process to integrate and unify member products and programs aimed to strengthen organizations and leaders in philanthropy. During her tenure at the Council, Liz led signature projects including the Disaster Philanthropy Network; a Corporate Philanthropy Initiative that resulted in the seminal guide, Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy; and “Philanthropy Solutions: Promising Practice in Corporate Giving,” a set of peer-learning activities that facilitates knowledge sharing among corporate philanthropy leaders.

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