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Thoughts from #ncfp14 advisory committee members & speakers

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on April 29, 2014

The Inaugural National Forum on Family Philanthropy will bring together more than 250 representatives from family foundations, donor advised funds, family offices and other charitable programs along with prominent business, academic and philanthropic leaders for fresh perspectives, new research and...

What was it that I missed?

Posted by Kathy Whelpley on March 26, 2014

“What was it that I missed?” A simple question with a complex answer many times. This question was posed by an experienced family foundation CEO during a recent call of our Issues Advisory Committee.  The committee—formed to make sure we stay in touch with the needs and interests of the field—was...

Listening, learning, growing

Posted by Kathy Whelpley on January 15, 2014

Dear FGN Readers: Welcome to a new year – here at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, we find ourselves energized and excited about the possibilities of the year ahead. We spent much of the past year listening and reflecting. Listening to giving families about the challenges they face, and...

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...

You've got to have good friends (and a few truly great ones!): Honoring Anne Springs Close

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 15, 2010

It couldn’t have been much past 7:00 in the morning. Only the faintest, early morning sun made its way through the tall trees to illuminate the small woman crossing the grounds towards me. I was staying in her family’s South Carolina home, a home that – in the morning quiet – particularly seemed to...

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...

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...

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...

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