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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...

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...

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