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A Sense of Community

Posted on December 15, 2009 by Virginia M. Esposito

“Someone once said we all seek community and what we find is organization. All organizations don’t have to be regimented or impersonal, but they can be. In family philanthropy, you can have a genuine sense of community that comes from the family’s relationships and values. That is something most of us hunger for and we hunger for it in places… Read More
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Common and Uncommon Practice

Posted on October 15, 2009 by Virginia M. Esposito

This issue of Family Giving News gives the National Center for Family Philanthropy a chance to highlight both the common and the uncommon practices of philanthropic families. A week ago, we released the full findings of our study, Current Practices of Family Foundations. This is the first time an organization has successfully conducted a random survey of family foundations’ practice… Read More
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A Mid-Year Report Card

Posted on August 15, 2009 by Virginia M. Esposito

It must be all the graduations in my family that are inspiring me to think about accomplishments, those who help us accomplish great things, and the goals we set for the next adventure. Inspired by Allison’s master degree, Erin’s high school diploma (and, perhaps, of greater relief, that college acceptance letter), and Patrick’s move from elementary to secondary school, I… Read More
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Pursuing Excellence

Posted on April 15, 2009 by Virginia M. Esposito

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 key factors we identified in that research as indicators of excellence. That day has… Read More
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Strategies for Family Giving in Difficult Times

Posted on January 15, 2009 by Virginia M. Esposito

One of the many privileges of my work is the opportunity to speak with, share a little experience, and – often – sympathize with grantmaking families on a daily basis. The phones have been busy quite a bit over the last several months and, for the first time in my almost 29-year history in this work, the number one topic… Read More
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An Open Letter to Elected Officials

Posted on November 15, 2008 by Virginia M. Esposito

In these economically challenging times, it would not be unusual for the new President, Congress, governors, and state and local officials to see everything in terms of the costs they represent. Certainly there is a history of seeing private philanthropy primarily as the tax deduction donors receive or the decision-making processes they use to allocate funds. I write to encourage… Read More
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Thoughts on Our Symposium, the Economic Storm, and a Sweet Memory

Posted on October 15, 2008 by Virginia M. Esposito

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 provocative conversations in this first ever national symposium on family philanthropy. Much… Read More
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Pursuing Excellence

Posted on September 15, 2008 by Virginia M. Esposito

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 share resources beyond financial and… Read More
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Motivated Giving- from Serendipity to Certainty

Posted on June 15, 2008 by Virginia M. Esposito

Preparing to give a workshop or speech often includes exploring new themes or re-visiting some from past work. But background work for an upcoming trip to Israel means all of the above. Taking best advantage of all those airline miles means I’ll be making several presentations, covering both the basics and some specialty topics as well… Read More