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It's great to have friends

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 15, 2010

A truly glorious spring day is the backdrop and inspiration for my introduction to this issue of Family Giving News. And while I usually caution against feelings of entitlement, those of us in the greater Washington, DC area deserve this weather. All those calls we’ve received from Michigan, Minnesota...

Early experience

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 15, 2010

Warm greetings from cold and very snowy Washington, DC! Those of us experiencing our first 70-80 inches of snow in one winter have appreciated your sympathy and support and even, occasionally, your humor at our expense! This month’s issue of Family Giving News pays attention to one of the most popular,...

A sense of community

Posted by Virginia Esposito on December 15, 2009

“Someone once said we all seek community and what we find is organization. All organizations don’t have to be regimented or impersonal, but they can be. In family philanthropy, you can have a genuine sense of community that comes from the family’s relationships and values. That is something most of us...

Common and uncommon practice

Posted by Virginia Esposito on October 15, 2009

This issue of Family Giving News gives the National Center for Family Philanthropy a chance to highlight both the common and the uncommon practices of philanthropic families. A week ago, we released the full findings of our study, Current Practices of Family Foundations. This is the first time an...

A mid-year report card

Posted by Virginia Esposito on August 15, 2009

It must be all the graduations in my family that are inspiring me to think about accomplishments, those who help us accomplish great things, and the goals we set for the next adventure. Inspired by Allison’s master degree, Erin’s high school diploma (and, perhaps, of greater relief, that college...

Pursuing excellence

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2009

Ever since 2004, when we published our landmark research on multi-generational families called Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations, we have been working toward the day when we could offer family foundations a tool that would help them assess their performance on the...

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...

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