The Critical Role of the Board Chair in Family Philanthropy

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What are the critical roles and responsibilities of family foundation board chairs? What are the traps that board chairs can fall into, and how can you avoid them? How can CEOs and board chairs create a mutually respectful and positive long-term partnership? And how can your family identify and prepare a successor chair? Join us for this wide-ranging conversation on the critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy with international family foundation experts Virginia Esposito and Alice Buhl along with two experienced and thoughtful family foundation leaders. This is a must-see webinar for any CEO or board member that is a current board chair or that has or plans some day to serve in this role.

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Ginny Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito, is the founding president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In January…

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Alice Buhl

Alice Buhl

Alice Buhl served as Senior Fellow to the National Center for Family Philanthropy from 2004 to…

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Kelly Sweeney McShane

Kelly Sweeney McShane is Board Chair of The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, based…

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Steve Toben

Steve Toben is the president of the Flora Family Foundation. Before joining the FFF staff in…

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What others have said...

The webinar had a good diversity of presenters and practical tools.


A helpful overview with “real-life” examples providing a useful theory/practice format.


I thought the discussion was well framed by the opening comments by Alice and Virginia, followed by real world experiences from two family foundations.  I liked the survey at the beginning as a way of comparing my personal situation with others on the webinar.


Yes the handouts were invaluable and insight on certain questions appreciated.


Our family foundation is currently in the midst of identifying the next Board Chair, most likely from the next generation.  The current Chair has been in the role for many years, and many of the pitfalls that I am anticipating were discussed today.


All of the speakers were excellent, a good combination of consultants and “in-the-trenches” folks.  I have worked with Alice for many years and always learn from her vast experience and wisdom.


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