Ginny's Blog Posts

How We Give: Ten Tips for Donors and Families

Posted by Virginia Esposito on November 28, 2017

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?

Renewal and the Healthy Family Foundation

Posted by Virginia Esposito on August 31, 2017

How does the “B+” or even the “A+” organization stay that way, vigorously committed to the revitalizing promise of renewal? And what can members of newer family foundations learn from those who have successfully been meeting these challenges?

The 6 Motivations for Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 18, 2017

Why does your family give? This question is central to the work you do — because it helps understand the motivations behind your foundation’s mission.

Honoring the Legacy of David Rockefeller

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 31, 2017

"But I will never forget that December day many years ago when a check arrived from David Rockefeller. Back then, I got to open the envelopes myself and what I pulled out looked like a personal check. I stared at it for a very long time, absorbing what it meant to me."

How to Create — and Recreate — Your Family Foundation

Posted by Virginia Esposito on March 20, 2017

Today marks the official launch of Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation. This new book, published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy, is an update to the popular, out-of-print 2002 first edition and includes advice from some of the field’s leading experts.

Why Your Board Chair Needs a Job Description

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 2, 2017

Successful family foundation board chairs are able to both drive action and manage egos — and are often the difference between a foundation deftly navigating challenging situations and being tripped up by them.

2017: A Landmark Year for Family Philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on January 5, 2017

The start of a new year always inspires me to reflect on the blessings we’ve enjoyed and challenges we’ve faced together — and to think about the amazing opportunities that lie ahead for our field.

Looking for the Helpers

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 7, 2016

My moments of reassurance come when a family funder tells me about a grant or project they’ve launched to restore and reinvigorate community. Often, these are efforts to ameliorate suffering but also to get at root circumstances and causes

A change in family dynamics signals a shift away from place-based giving

Posted by Virginia Esposito on July 4, 2016

Today’s philanthropists, however, are likely to be less connected to place. The modern economy is built less on geography and more on technology – and many of those who are earning wealth are doing so in a global marketplace.

5 questions to help you align your giving values and practices

Posted by Virginia Esposito on June 1, 2016

Today, the practice of philanthropy is under continuous review – and not just by our critics or those who look suspiciously at big endowments. Those who want the very best for our field and the greatest impact for our work are also looking beyond why we give to examine the how.

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