From the President's Desk

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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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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