Posts by Virginia Esposito

Welcoming our first Distinguished Fellow in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on May 28, 2014

Editor’s note: We are pleased to share NCFP President Virginia Esposito’s introductory remarks announcing our first Distinguished Fellow in Family Philanthropy at the National Forum. Read the official press release for more details. It is an incredible honor to be announcing the first Distinguished...

Welcome to the inaugural National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 29, 2014

Here at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, as spring continues to scratch and claw its way to the surface, we are eagerly awaiting and fastidiously preparing for our first-ever National Forum on Family Philanthropy to be held next week in Cambridge, MA. This inaugural Forum on Family...

Four critical elements for generational succession

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 26, 2014

Dear FGN Readers: The National Center for Family Philanthropy fields hundreds of questions about family giving over the phone, through email, and in person every year.  Thousands more use the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center to search for answers on their own in the thousands of articles,...

Reflecting on Mandela’s legacy: Belief in a fundamental concern for others

Posted by Virginia Esposito on December 15, 2013

“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...

What Have You Failed at Lately? Please Share it With Me!

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2013

As a young program director at the Council on Foundations (some years ago!), my bosses determined I needed less of a direct supervisor and more of a mentor.  Pairing 20-something eager staff members with the wisdom and encouragement of a “senior consultant” was nothing short of genius....

Embracing the Power: Perpetuity or Immediacy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on October 15, 2013

“Although there is some debate in philanthropy about the question of perpetuity, in the end no single correct approach is right for all donors.  The decision to create a foundation for the ages or for the moment is a highly individual choice.  It should be guided by the philanthropic goals laid out by...

Inspiration, Revelation and Transformation: The National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 15, 2013

For more than 16 years, the National Center for Family Philanthropy has sought to serve the vast and diverse community of donor families.  We seek to advance ethical and effective family philanthropy often with three goals in mind. Inspiration:  Our work is constantly inspired by your experience and...

Focused philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on August 15, 2013

Family philanthropy mirrors so much of what we care about and who we love that it is often reflected in many different aspects of our lives. It’s about relationships, passions, and the way we would like to make the world a better place.  Little things can remind us why we care about excellence in...

Fifteen Years, Ten Trends: Then and Now

Posted by Virginia Esposito on July 15, 2013

“Democracy does not give the people the most skillful government, but it produces what the ablest governments are frequently unable to create; namely, an all-pervading and restless activity, a superabundant force, and an energy which is inseparable from it and which may, however unfavorable...

Renew, Re-imagine, Reinvigorate!

Posted by Virginia Esposito on June 15, 2013

Virginia Esposito, President, National Center for Family Philanthropy Spring may quickly be a fading memory but the spirit of spring – renewal, re-imagining, and reinvigorating – is alive and well in the world of family philanthropy. Let me share a few examples to inform and inspire your own giving...

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