The Gift of Leadership

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Virginia M. Esposito

‘Tis the Season …. The Season of Gifts.  We figure out those who will receive the gifts, we research, we wrap, we ship, and we anxiously await word on whether our gift was a hit. For family philanthropy, such gift giving is a way of life.  You’re in the happy – if challenging – position of making smart, successful gifts… Read More

Milestones in Family Giving: the Contagious Joy of Philanthropic Celebrations

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Virginia M. Esposito

Everyone loves a good celebration.  Families particularly mark the special moments in their lives with celebrations: an anniversary, graduation, wedding, or a birthday (especially those birthdays that end in the dreaded “0” – 30, 40, 50, and whatever numbers come after that!). While families may celebrate personal milestones, their approach to their philanthropic work may be more “nose to the… Read More

Embracing and Engaging the Senior Generation

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Virginia M. Esposito

This month’s Family Giving News features a topic of special importance to me – how we take best advantage of the wisdom and experience of family philanthropy’s senior leaders.  Doing so is important on so many levels. Professionally, the role of senior family leaders is fundamental to who we are as philanthropic families.  It reflects our sense of legacy, values,… Read More

Rowing the Philanthropic Boat Together: Reflections on Consensus and Civility

Posted on August 15, 2011 by Virginia M. Esposito

A foundation needs trustees who can work together productively, but it does not require that they be unanimous in their opinions or uniform in their outlook. …A foundation’s extraordinary potential for good springs from its board’s ability to act as a collective, to be cohesive in fulfilling its public trust. As Alfred North Whitehead remarked, “No member of a crew… Read More

Qualities of a Good Trustee

Posted on July 15, 2011 by Virginia M. Esposito

Ginny Esposito
“As I see it, there is no other way that as few people can raise the quality of the whole American society as far and as fast as can trustees and directors of our voluntary institutions, using the strength they now have in the positions they now hold.” ~ Robert K. Greenleaf Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to spend… Read More

Family Giving and Fairness: 8 Lessons Learned

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Virginia M. Esposito

Many of the philanthropic families who call on me for help in doing their best possible work in the best possible way invariably reach a point where they say they want a system that is fair to the family. Most start by wanting family fairness as a means to doing good grantmaking. However, over time, the goal of family fairness… Read More

Renewing Your Commitment

Posted on May 15, 2011 by Virginia M. Esposito

The process of emerging from a long, gray winter is a cause for celebration. Extra sunlight and the reintroduction of the stunning colors of nature are also extraordinarily energizing. I suppose that is why some take to spring cleaning. Since I am rarely inspired to clean, I personally prefer to take the energy and the inspiration to renew the vibrancy… Read More

Summer, Sharing, and Vacations: Activities for Children

Posted on July 15, 2007 by Virginia M. Esposito

It’s summer and a young person’s fancy turns to …philanthropy? Well, perhaps more than you might think. I ran into a friend recently and she told me her college freshman daughter was off to Nicaragua. Sarah belongs to a group that organizes charitable field trips for young people – giving them the chance to help those considerably less fortunate while… Read More