Posts by Virginia Esposito

Gratitude and generosity

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2007

November is a very special month for those involved in philanthropy. We set aside time to honor our traditions of gratitude. For many of us, gratitude and the chance to give back ranks high among the values that motivate our giving and volunteering. We are grateful for our own blessings and we...

How we give

Posted by Virginia Esposito on October 15, 2007

There is a lot of justifiable attention paid these days to some of the BIG questions about philanthropy and the philanthropic process: Why give? How much to give? What to give to? What difference does it make? In my conversations with donor families, I have discovered a question that gets less public...

Reflection and imagination

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 15, 2007

“So the future may learn from the past” As I began to type this message, I had to catch my breath when I keyed in “September 2007.” Knowing that this is our 10th anniversary month, I might have been more prepared for the shock of the startling passage of time. It’s striking to realize that in September...

Summer, sharing, and vacations: Activities for children

Posted by Virginia Esposito on July 15, 2007

It’s summer and a young person’s fancy turns to …philanthropy? Well, perhaps more than you might think. I ran into a friend recently and she told me her college freshman daughter was off to Nicaragua. Sarah belongs to a group that organizes charitable field trips for young people – giving them the...

Motivations for board service: Why many family members want in and some don't want to leave

Posted by Virginia Esposito on May 15, 2007

Many of the requests for help that come to me directly or as referrals from colleagues or National Center staff are about governance. When it comes to the fundamentally important issue of effective trusteeship – and appropriate foundation governance – the range of questions is startling and no question...

Project vs. General Operating Support: Need it be Either/or?

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2007

With reports from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and the Center for Effective Philanthropy, among others, focusing on program vs. operating costs, I am often asked how donors and family funders are dealing with this debate. I remember the passionate debate that followed a major...

A happy anniversary

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 15, 2007

Given that I am tired, exhilarated, challenged, inspired, frustrated, and charged up, it can mean only one thing: I have just returned from spending time with donors, family members and others involved in family philanthropy. In this case it was the 2007 Family Foundations Conference....

Inspiring family giving

Posted by Virginia Esposito on January 15, 2007

Happy 2007 and welcome to a New Year of Family Giving News! This is a very special year for all of us at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. It is our Tenth Anniversary year and we plan to devote a great part of this year celebrating the donors and families who inspire us....

Charitable Children and the Season of Giving, Getting and Growing

Posted by Virginia Esposito on December 15, 2006

Why do you want your children to understand generosity as a key family value and how do you hope they will take both a personal and a family role in philanthropy?

A Thanksgiving Message: Gratitude and Optimism

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2006

The fall season of educational workshops and speeches is coming to an end and, once again, I have learned more from conference participants than I possibly could have shared. The enthusiastic commitment of those who give up weekends and vacation time to focus on the responsibilities of philanthropy is...

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