From the President's Desk

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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A Community of Support

Posted on May 15, 2008 by Virginia M. Esposito

Having recently attended the Council on Foundations’ Summit here in the Washington area, and after having attended more than 25 of these conferences (and countless others) over the years, I’m struck by how much I still learn when the philanthropic world gathers. There are amazing insights to be found in the experiences of those who have much to teach… Read More
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The Legacy of Paul Ylvisaker

Posted on February 15, 2008 by Virginia M. Esposito

Those who have read my writing or heard me speak have invariably come across a reference to Paul Ylvisaker. It is important to me that my work includes stories and quotes of our philanthropic thinkers and mentors, particularly those who have shaped the tradition and practice we carry on today. Philanthropy’s need to respond to current demands and even anticipate… Read More

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