Posts by Virginia Esposito

From the Balcony: Perspectives and Reflections on Trusteeship

Posted by Virginia Esposito on May 15, 2013

“As I see it, there is no other way that as few people can raise the quality of the whole American society as far and as fast as can trustees and directors of our voluntary institutions, using the strength they now have in the positions they now hold.” – Robert K. Greenleaf One of the most compelling...

Values, visions, and vitality

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2013

Last week, the National Center for Family Philanthropy held its annual board retreat. We returned to The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in Tarrytown, New York for the first time since our first board retreat more than 15 years ago. We spent most of our first retreat developing our...

The Spirit of Spring

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 15, 2013

Virginia Esposito, President, National Center for Family Philanthropy Happily, it is Spring. Those in the Northeast may be wondering about that but I assure you, it is coming to you too. There is something about the spirit of Spring that, for me, embodies the spirit of family philanthropy....

Adding new voices and raising charitable children: A family responsibility

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 15, 2013

In a year when we are focusing on helping philanthropic families deal with transitions most effectively, it is exciting that Family Giving News’ February edition features the recent report from 21/64 and the Johnson Center on Philanthropy on next generation donors.  Welcoming a new generation to...

Be the architect of change, not the victim

Posted by Virginia Esposito on January 15, 2013

A very Happy New Year to you and all those who work with you on behalf of this wonderful tradition! The end of the year grantmaking and financial accountability are behind you and the opportunities of a brand new year are ahead. This issue of Family Giving News offers new information and insights into...

Celebrating Fifteen Years of Advancing Excellence in Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on December 15, 2012

What a privilege it is to begin the New Year celebrating the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s 15th Anniversary!  For the small, dedicated, and optimistic group that launched a center committed to advancing family philanthropy in 1997, what has been accomplished in our first 15 years exceeds...

The Gift of Leadership

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2012

‘Tis the Season …. The Season of Gifts.  We figure out those who will receive the gifts, we research, we wrap, we ship, and we anxiously await word on whether our gift was a hit. For family philanthropy, such gift giving is a way of life.  You’re in the happy – if challenging – position of making...

The Seasoned Family Foundation CEO

Posted by Virginia Esposito on July 15, 2012

“The family foundation CEO is more likely to share fundamental values and feel a deep, personal connection to a donor and family.  The result is often mutual affection and a deeply satisfying job situation.  Those same bonds can test the professionalism and boundaries of those relationships, yet...

Milestones in Family Giving: The Contagious Joy of Philanthropic Celebrations

Posted by Virginia Esposito on June 15, 2012

Everyone loves a good celebration.  Families particularly mark the special moments in their lives with celebrations: an anniversary, graduation, wedding, or a birthday (especially those birthdays that end in the dreaded “0” – 30, 40, 50, and whatever numbers come after that!). While families may...

National Center Staff Transitions: New Faces, New Voices, New Energy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on May 15, 2012

The National Center is fortunate to attract top caliber staff dedicated to promoting philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of philanthropists and their families. We’re pleased that two of our newer staff members are masters’ level graduates of philanthropy programs – something...

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