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Generosity of Spirit: Fellowships Inspire a New Generation of Leaders

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Virginia M. Esposito

A few months ago, I was speaking with a small group about those who had made a difference in our careers and influenced our love of philanthropy. It doesn’t take much for me to gratefully recount all the incredible leaders who took time to support me and, in so doing, made a powerful difference not only in the trajectory of my career but in my life. Someone wondered if we still have those leaders in the field today. Oh yes, I assured them, I meet them all the time. … Read More
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So Many Differences, So Much in Common

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Virginia M. Esposito

Given all the varied grant interests, governing structures, giving vehicles, and staffing systems, you’d think the Committee and staff would be overwhelmed with options and focus. However, we are inspired, invigorated, and happily challenged to ensure the National Forum program delves into as many critical issues as possible, and all with a provocative, sophisticated, and satisfying approach. … Read More
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Having New Eyes: Transitions in Family Philanthropy

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Virginia M. Esposito

For more than two years, I have been researching, interviewing, and thinking about transitions in the life of a family philanthropy. I’ve listened to anyone willing to talk to me about their experiences with philanthropic transitions. I have learned a great deal about the nature of each transition. Similarly, I’ve learned how families navigated these transitions more, and sometimes less, effectively. … Read More
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Family transitions: Yours, mine and ours

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito

Every presentation and family meeting in which I participate invariably turns to transitions. In moments of change – within your family, governance, giving programs, or something else – so much more is affected than just the source of the change. We’ve been experiencing transitions pretty personally here at the National Center for Family Philanthropy… Read More
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Board Chair Study: You Can Help!

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito

We need much more knowledge and understanding of effective board chair leadership. NCFP wants to support family foundations as they work toward effective governance. As such, I have been working on an interview project to better understand how boards function with special attention to the role of the board chair. … Read More
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Renewal: You and your giving

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito

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Renewal is critical. It reenergizes your commitment and revitalizes your sense of purpose. It can help you see a new solution for an old situation. The same is true for revitalizing your foundation or fund. Here are a few tips for planning your philanthropic renewal – from the simple strategy to a more comprehensive process… Read More
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Valuing Family AND Strategy – Leaders Discuss Strategic Family Philanthropy at #Ncfp14

Posted on May 28, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito

I may not be a regular on Twitter, but when it comes to summarizing the first National Forum on Family Philanthropy held in Cambridge, Massachusetts from May 7-9, a sampling of tweets from leading family foundation members, trustees and prominent business, academic and philanthropic leaders who were in attendance truly captures “what’s trending. Surdna Foundation: “In #philanthropy, to get quality… Read More
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Welcome to the Inaugural National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito

Here at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, as spring continues to scratch and claw its way to the surface, we are eagerly awaiting and fastidiously preparing for our first-ever National Forum on Family Philanthropy to be held next week in Cambridge, MA. This inaugural Forum on Family Philanthropy is the result of ongoing work by NCFP’s Board and staff… Read More
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What Was it That I Missed?

Posted 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 discussing “the best mistake I ever made.” Learning from… Read More

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