From the President's Desk

Four Critical Elements for Generational Succession

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito

Dear FGN Readers: The National Center for Family Philanthropy fields hundreds of questions about family giving over the phone, through email, and in person every year.  Thousands more use the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center to search for answers on their own in the thousands of articles, sample documents, and other resources featured there. Without a doubt, the most frequently… Read More
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Listening, Learning, Growing

Posted on January 15, 2014

Dear FGN Readers: Welcome to a new year – here at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, we find ourselves energized and excited about the possibilities of the year ahead. We spent much of the past year listening and reflecting. Listening to giving families about the challenges they face, and where we have provided the most value in navigating these… Read More
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Reflecting on Mandela’s Legacy: Belief in a Fundamental Concern for Others

Posted on December 15, 2013 by Virginia M. Esposito

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dream of.” – Nelson Mandela Dear FGN Readers: Nelson Mandela’s passing just at the beginning of the holidays helped me to focus on the joy and inspiration we can take from the season and… Read More
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What Have You Failed at Lately? Please Share it with Me!

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Virginia M. Esposito

As a young program director at the Council on Foundations (some years ago!), my bosses determined I needed less of a direct supervisor and more of a mentor.  Pairing 20-something eager staff members with the wisdom and encouragement of a “senior consultant” was nothing short of genius.  Not only were the results terrific for the Council, I had an experience… Read More
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Inspiration, Revelation and Transformation: the National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 15, 2013 by Virginia M. Esposito

For more than 16 years, the National Center for Family Philanthropy has sought to serve the vast and diverse community of donor families.  We seek to advance ethical and effective family philanthropy often with three goals in mind. Inspiration:  Our work is constantly inspired by your experience and example.  By sharing your stories, we inspire others to join you.  They… Read More
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Focused Philanthropy

Posted on August 15, 2013 by Virginia M. Esposito

Family philanthropy mirrors so much of what we care about and who we love that it is often reflected in many different aspects of our lives. It’s about relationships, passions, and the way we would like to make the world a better place.  Little things can remind us why we care about excellence in family philanthropy. Consequently, it should not… Read More
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Fifteen Years, Ten Trends: Then and Now

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Virginia M. Esposito

Ginny Esposito
“Democracy does not give the people the most skillful government, but it produces what the ablest governments are frequently unable to create; namely, an all-pervading and restless activity, a superabundant force, and an energy which is inseparable from it and which may, however unfavorable circumstances may be, produce wonders.  These are the true advantages of democracy.” The above quotation, one… Read More
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Renew, Re-Imagine, Reinvigorate!

Posted on June 15, 2013 by Virginia M. Esposito

Virginia Esposito, President, National Center for Family Philanthropy Spring may quickly be a fading memory but the spirit of spring – renewal, re-imagining, and reinvigorating – is alive and well in the world of family philanthropy. Let me share a few examples to inform and inspire your own giving and, hopefully, to encourage you to share your own renewal efforts… Read More

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