Posts tagged to 'Value of family in philanthropy'

On the phone with... Mary Mountcastle

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on October 15, 2010

Listen to the audio version of this interview here. Ginny Esposito:  Welcome to our very special December edition of “On the Phone With…”  Mary Mountcastle is the immediate past Board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She is a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the...

Family involvement: The spectrum of options

Posted by Alice Buhl on October 15, 2010

Kelin Gersick’s book, Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations, outlines the patterns most often seen in family philanthropy. In the first generation the donor has the strongest involvement and control. In the second generation more family members become involved and by...

The power to produce wonders: The value of family philanthropy in a democracy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 15, 2010

The passionate generosity of countless American families has inspired – and continues to inspire – extraordinary gifts. Indeed, we may know many of these families more by their philanthropy than by the business successes that made their largesse possible. What is most remarkable is the very phenomenon...

Creating a field one story at a time

Posted by Virginia Esposito on June 15, 2010

Every advance in our understanding of how family philanthropy begins, grows, struggles, renews, sometimes ends, and always inspires has come because of the willingness of donor families to share their experiences. Certainly everything I have ever learned about this remarkable tradition in my 30 years...

Creating a masterpiece and other everyday tasks

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2010

When it comes to working in the philanthropic sector, it can be easy to be so overwhelmed by all the challenges that you miss celebrating the little wins much less your overall progress toward mission. There is too little time and too little money. There are too many good ideas and an uncertain path to...

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,...

What's so different about family philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 15, 2009

As part of the National Center’s research into the Value of Family Philanthropy, President Ginny Esposito conducted an interview study with 50 philanthropy leaders. Former president of the Lyndhurst Foundation and founding National Center board member Jack Murrah was among those who were asked to...

What is the value of philanthropy? Notes from the September 2008 symposium

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on October 24, 2008

More than 100 of the nation’s leading thinkers and practitioners in philanthropy gathered in Washington, DC last month to discuss the question: what is the unique value of family in philanthropy? Organized by the National Center for Family Philanthropy and held at the Henry J. Kaiser Family...

The Lawrence Welk family foundation

Posted on July 18, 2008

A few summers ago, the board of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation issued a challenge to young family members. Gathered at a family-owned resort in San Diego for the family’s annual meeting, the fourth generation of Welk family members was told about a local shelter for homeless families....

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...

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