Posts by Virginia Esposito

Strategies for family giving in difficult times

Posted by Virginia Esposito on January 15, 2009

One of the many privileges of my work is the opportunity to speak with, share a little experience, and – often – sympathize with grantmaking families on a daily basis. The phones have been busy quite a bit over the last several months and, for the first time in my almost 29-year history in this work,...

An open letter to elected officials

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2008

In these economically challenging times, it would not be unusual for the new President, Congress, governors, and state and local officials to see everything in terms of the costs they represent. Certainly there is a history of seeing private philanthropy primarily as the tax deduction donors receive or...

Thoughts on our symposium, the economic storm, and a sweet memory

Posted by Virginia Esposito on October 15, 2008

On September 10-11, the National Center for Family Philanthropy celebrated the culmination of the year-long initiative that marked our Tenth Anniversary. The results were more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for! The feature of this month’s newsletter offers a few glimpses into the rich and...

Pursuing excellence

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 15, 2008

I have never had a donor family member turn me down when I asked for help on behalf of another giving family. Even when I needed someone to share a difficult experience, they agreed, knowing it might help a colleague. It has been a powerful testament to the generosity of spirit of these families; they...

From checkbook to family fund: Why organize your giving?

Posted by Virginia Esposito on July 15, 2008

A great enthusiasm is building for getting the most out of your charitable giving, for working with your family in this pursuit, and for focusing for greater impact… in Israel! This past month I was invited to speak at a conference in Israel convened to encourage private philanthropy, particularly...

Motivated giving- From serendipity to certainty

Posted by Virginia Esposito on June 15, 2008

Preparing to give a workshop or speech often includes exploring new themes or re-visiting some from past work. But background work for an upcoming trip to Israel means all of the above. Taking best advantage of all those airline miles means I’ll be making several presentations, covering both the basics...

A community of support

Posted by Virginia Esposito on May 15, 2008

Having recently attended the Council on Foundations’ Summit here in the Washington area, and after having attended more than 25 of these conferences (and countless others) over the years, I’m struck by how much I still learn when the philanthropic world gathers. There are amazing insights to be found...

Spring cleaning- Time to organize your policies and practices

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2008

Spring must be here. Washington, D.C. is showing off cherry blossoms and red tulips and my travel schedule has gotten a lot busier. This month I have been invited to speak at a few family foundation retreats and my hosts must all be in “spring cleaning” mode. Everyone seems to be dusting off their...

Experiencing the value of family philanthropy first-hand

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 15, 2008

As those who read this newsletter may remember, the National Center’s Tenth Anniversary is being celebrated with a major research, education, and advocacy initiative that explores the value of family participation in philanthropy and the value of family philanthropy in our society....

The legacy of Paul Ylvisaker

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 15, 2008

Those who have read my writing or heard me speak have invariably come across a reference to Paul Ylvisaker. It is important to me that my work includes stories and quotes of our philanthropic thinkers and mentors, particularly those who have shaped the tradition and practice we carry on today....

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