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The Family Business Leader Podcast

Feb 26, 2020

Full show notes can be found at:

Interview Questions: 

  • Tell us a little about the 2020 Trends Study.
  • One of the trends from the study is a continued shift from place-based to issue-based philanthropy. What do you make of this; what does it mean? I’m especially interested in the distinction the data shows in terms of the age and size of the foundation. 
  • Grant priority areas also differed by the age of the foundation. First, what are the top issue areas for family foundations? How do they differ by the age of the foundation?
  • Considering our audience for this podcast, any particular insights from the study related to engaging the next generation?
  • We’ve talked about impact investing on this podcast previously. What did the trends study tell us about mission/impact investing?
  • What can you tell us about family foundation effectiveness? Are families working well together and do they feel they’re effective? What are some characteristics of “very effective” family foundations?
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion was another big topic. What did you find there?
  • What action do you want people to take right now? 


Want to learn more about Nick? Check out his podcast introduction here

Nick Tedsco can be found at

Trends Survey 2020 

NCFP DEI Collection 

NCFP Values Exercise


Nicholas (Nick) Tedesco is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP). NCFP provides the resources, community, and encouragement families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve.


Prior to joining NCFP, Nick served as a Senior Advisor in the J.P. Morgan Philanthropy Centre where he provided clients with insights and services to help meet their philanthropic goals through innovative advice, thought leadership and opportunities for learning and collaboration.


Previously, Nick served as a Relationship Manager and Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he helped launch the Giving Pledge—an effort led by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. In this role, Nick managed relationships with current and prospective members of the pledge, as well as their staff and advisors. He helped to connect global philanthropists with one another in effort to exchange knowledge and encourage collaboration.


Nick began his career in the social sector as the Deputy Director of the Children’s Health Forum—a national nonprofit focused on the prevention and eradication of childhood diseases that disproportionately impact underserved communities.


Nick was named to the inaugural Chronicle of Philanthropy 40 Under 40 ranking in 2016. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal MarketWatch, San Francisco Business Times and other notable publications. He serves on the Regional Board for UNICEF USA and as a panelist for the Echoing Green Fellowship and MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Initiative.


Nick received a B.A. from Villanova University.