Virginia M. Esposito, is the founding president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In January 2020, Ginny transitioned to the role of Senior Fellow to focus her efforts on research, writing, and consulting with families.
For more than 35 years, Ginny has worked to advance private philanthropy through research and education. For 30 of those years, she has focused on the family philanthropic experience, promoting values, vision, and excellence across generations of donor families. Ginny was editor and principal author of the first edition of Splendid Legacy and of Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Recreating Your Family Foundation. Her research publications include The Power to Produce Wonders: The Value of Family in Philanthropy and The Family Foundation CEO: Crafting Consensus out of Complexity. Ginny also edited, and was principal author of, the four-volume Family Foundation Library and numerous articles and issue papers on family philanthropy. She has presented at hundreds of programs for and about donor families throughout North America and on four other continents. In addition to her work on family philanthropy, Ginny edited Conscience and Community: The Legacy of Paul Ylvisaker, the writings and speeches of the late foundation trustee, educator, and dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. She has served on boards and committees for organizations including Great Nonprofits, the Binational Commission on the Nonprofit Sector (US and South Africa), the Commission on the Future of Public Education (Public Education Network), Committee on Ethics and Accountability (Independent Sector), the Philanthropy and the Black Church Project, and Strengthening Native American Philanthropy. She currently serves on the board of directors of the John M. Belk Endowment.
Building the Board Your Foundation Deserves: The Governance Checklist
Posted on March 9, 2023 by Virginia M. Esposito
Board Chair Peer Network: A Discussion with Ginny Esposito about Board Leadership
Posted on January 12, 2023 by Virginia M. Esposito
Ginny’s Governance Checklist Part 4: Ensuring Board Vitality: Communications, Committees, and Renewal
Posted on November 18, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito
Ginny’s Governance Checklist Part 3: Composing Your Board Eligibility, Size, Selection, and Terms
Posted on October 5, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito
An Extraordinary Life: Remembering Anne Springs Close
Posted on September 16, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito
Ginny’s Governance Checklist Part 2: Clarifying Foundation Needs and Board Member Expectations
Posted on August 27, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito
Building and Maintaining a Highly Functioning Board: Ginny’s Governance Checklist
Posted on August 3, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito
Community Foundations Network Topical Call: Effective Governance
Posted on March 8, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito
Calling Family Foundation Board Members to Join a Journey on Racial Justice
Posted on March 2, 2021 by June L. Wilson, Kelly D. Nowlin, Mary Mountcastle, Virginia M. Esposito
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