“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dream of.”

– Nelson Mandela

Dear FGN Readers:

Nelson Mandela’s passing just at the beginning of the holidays helped me to focus on the joy and inspiration we can take from the season and the everyday tasks that seek to enhance our communities and benefit those with whom we share this world.  Not all of us will achieve the kind of individual global impact of a spirit like Mandela but, as the practical wisdom of the above quote encourages us, sincere acts of kindness, generosity, gratitude, care, and encouragement – all motivated by a fundamental concern for others – do contribute to the better world of our dreams.

The potential of these simple yet profound acts motivates me every day.  It is in the work all of you do through philanthropy and volunteering to build community – whether you seek community in a geographic region, a special cause or concern, or for a particular population group.  Your work and your approach may be diverse but your dreams for a better world are shared.  The season welcomes and requires acts of charity and strategy.  We need your unwavering belief in family and in the power of families to reach beyond themselves to care for others.  These are the life forces of philanthropy.  Indeed, they highlight the best values and hopes of our democracy.

At this time of family and generosity, I very humbly offer my admiration and gratitude for your work and for countless acts of giving.  It is a joy for those of us at the National Center for Family Philanthropy to support your efforts.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff, my warmest wishes for the holidays and for a healthy, happy and hopeful New Year.

Best,

Ginny Esposito