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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....

The voices of family philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on January 15, 2008

It’s January and the New Year is still young enough to leave most of us feeling invigorated by its possibilities. I think of possibilities when I think of New Year’s resolutions, but I’m not sure that is the prevailing attitude. Somehow, resolutions have come to stand for all the things we didn’t do...

Looking to the past and the future for lessons

Posted by Virginia Esposito on December 15, 2007

It must be December because I am making a list and checking it twice – of all the things I promised myself I would do this year and have yet to accomplish. Taking stock is a healthy and disciplining exercise. It is also humbling and instructive. This December, I am learning new things about assessment,...

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...

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