What is the National Summit?

The National Summit on Family Philanthropy is a biennial program bringing together family donors, national thought leaders, and other philanthropic professionals and entrepreneurs for a highly interactive, thematically focused, in-depth, and solutions-driven dialogue about a timely challenge facing the field. The peer-to-peer National Summit discussions are designed to yield practical recommendations and resources to help family donors of all sorts improve their giving.


2019 National Summit

Fifth Biennial National Summit on Family Philanthropy:
“Our Donor Journeys and Why They Matter”

The 2019 National Summit on Family Philanthropy was held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on January 28 and 29. Donors reflected on their philanthropic journeys, learned about the fascinating paths taken by others, and explored the lessons learned along the way. Learn more.

2019 Summit Replay

Read insightful lessons learned from donors on their personal giving journeys, and watch all three plenary discussions from the 2019 National Summit on Family Philanthropy through Summit Replay. Explore Summit Replay.

Support the Donor Journeys Initiative

The 2019 Summit marked the kick-off of the Donor Journeys Initiative led by the Johnson Center’s Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy, Dr. Michael Moody. The initiative seeks to advance family philanthropy’s understanding and maximization of the donor journey in specific and complementary ways. Learn more.


Highlights from Previous Summits

Insights from the 2017 Summit in San Francisco
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“It was a really great experience. I was able to connect to many people who shared the same challenges. Every minute was helpful.”

National Summit on Family Philanthropy
2014-10-21T15:54:22-05:00
“It was a really great experience. I was able to connect to many people who shared the same challenges. Every minute was helpful.”

“I gathered a number of ideas and concepts that I will be taking back to our family foundation board.”

National Summit on Family Philanthropy
2014-10-21T15:55:19-05:00
“I gathered a number of ideas and concepts that I will be taking back to our family foundation board.”

“The smaller nature of the conference, coupled with real donors and family members speaking, made for a very satisfying experience.”

National Summit on Family Philanthropy
2014-10-21T18:01:57-05:00
“The smaller nature of the conference, coupled with real donors and family members speaking, made for a very satisfying experience.”

“I really felt that this was a productive working meeting. There was dialogue and conversations throughout the event.”

National Summit on Family Philanthropy
2014-10-21T18:02:17-05:00
“I really felt that this was a productive working meeting. There was dialogue and conversations throughout the event.”

“The selection of topics was very good, and the speakers complemented each others' experience, philosophies, and giving strategies.”

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2014-10-21T18:02:31-05:00
“The selection of topics was very good, and the speakers complemented each others' experience, philosophies, and giving strategies.”

“Good presentations with interaction from audience members provided a great format for all of the sessions.”

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2014-10-21T18:02:48-05:00
“Good presentations with interaction from audience members provided a great format for all of the sessions.”
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Video Highlights from the 2013 Summit


Speaker Excerpts from Previous Summits

Howard W. Buffett, Executive Director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, speaks about how he embraces his family name and the legacy of giving that accompanies it.

Katherine Lorenz, President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, discusses growing up in a family where giving was a way of life.

Levani Lipton, Executive Director of the Ananda Foundation, shares her early experiences in creating the Ananda Foundation by studying the best practices of established foundations.

Erick Stewart, Co-Advisor of the J.E.C.K.S. Fund at the Battle Creek Community Foundation, shares the values that have guided his family for several generations.

William S. White, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, encourages foundations to seize the opportunities all around them.

John E. Pepper, Jr., the Chariman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company, warns of the pitfalls of ignoring “red flags” in an organization.