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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...

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...

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...

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 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...

Reflection and imagination

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 15, 2007

“So the future may learn from the past” As I began to type this message, I had to catch my breath when I keyed in “September 2007.” Knowing that this is our 10th anniversary month, I might have been more prepared for the shock of the startling passage of time. It’s striking to realize that in September...

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