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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...

New Year, New Perspectives, New Opportunity

Posted by Karen Green on January 15, 2012

In the weeks leading up to Martin Luther King’s birthday, we’ve been thinking a lot about the important role of diversity in family giving. The National Center’s Board chair, Caroline Avery of the Durfee Foundation, writes in this month’s issue about the new face of philanthropic donors, many of whom...

Wrapping Up a Wonderful Year for the National Center

Posted by Virginia Esposito on December 15, 2011

What a wonderful month to have Family Giving News focus on the practice of discretionary grantmaking!  Highlighting our new edition of Passages on this topic, this issue explores the reasons for and the cautions involved in offering this privilege to board members or others. It also includes the best...

Transitions Bring Both Joy and Sadness

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2011

Fall is in the air and the transition to cooler weather and the holiday season is not the only one we in family philanthropy are experiencing. Every family philanthropy experiences the joy, the sadness, the complexity, and the energy of transitions.  We welcome new generations of family members and new...

Returning to Family Philanthropy

Posted by Karen Green on October 15, 2011

As my professional life in family philanthropy resumes, I contemplated metaphors for return. Springing first to mind were bad pennies, prodigal sons, recurring nightmares, boomerangs – scarcely inspiring. My goodness, I worried, are our cultural associations with return so negative?...

Embracing and Engaging the Senior Generation

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 13, 2011

This month’s Family Giving News features a topic of special importance to me – how we take best advantage of the wisdom and experience of family philanthropy’s senior leaders.  Doing so is important on so many levels. Professionally, the role of senior family leaders is fundamental to who we are as...

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