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

Renewal: You and your giving

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Virginia M. Esposito

Ginny Esposito
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Embracing the Power: Perpetuity or Immediacy

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Virginia M. Esposito

Ginny Esposito
“Although there is some debate in philanthropy about the question of perpetuity, in the end no single correct approach is right for all donors.  The decision to create a foundation for the ages or for the moment is a highly individual choice.  It should be guided by the philanthropic goals laid out by donors and their families.  The bottom line… Read More