ExpiredSpark Session on Models of Community Foundation Programs for Engaging Next Gen Donors

We're sorry, but all tickets sales have ended because the event is expired.
  • September 30, 2015
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Among the emerging requests of community foundations is how to help their philanthropic families engage the next generation of donors.

As such, community foundations have a unique opportunity to shape how philanthropy is practiced in their communities.

This webinar will explore ways a community foundation leverages its own knowledge on effective giving and local issues to educate future philanthropists to make lasting impact.

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.


Alyssa Hawkins is the Director of Giving Programs for The Minneapolis Foundation. In this role she is responsible for facilitating groups of energetic volunteers as they collaboratively make grantmaking decisions around issues facing our community. She works with corporate employees, Minneapolis high school students, and young to mid career professionals just entering the world of philanthropy, among others, as they navigate what it means to have an impact with their dollars. Alyssa has a degree in Natural Resources from the University of Minnesota and in a past life supported K-12 educators in using service-learning as a tool for meeting academic standards and engaging students. She lives in Minneapolis with two large cats and one very small dog, and stays sane by training for marathons and triathlons.

Jennifer Touchet is the Director of Family Philanthropy at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. She is a member of the National Advisory Committee for NCFP's Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network.

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.

Hosted by



To register, please click here. Pre-registration is required.


Community foundations that are NCFP subscribers are eligible to RSVP. Attendees are encouraged to send questions in advance and any sample documents/resources they are willing to share to Liz Sullivan at community@ncfp.org.


Contact Liz Sullivan at community@ncfp.org.