Ginny Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito

Senior Fellow and Founding President

ginny@ncfp.org

(202) 293-3424

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.

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Featured Article

Crisis, Conscience, and Community: Tips for Navigating Extraordinary Times

Posted on June 16, 2020 by Virginia M. Esposito

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When I began writing this blog, I hoped to share some of your colleagues’ advice on managing through the social, health, and financial crises brought on by COVID-19. Just as I was finishing my conversations with a few of you, America faced another crisis triggered, once again, by the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. Today… Read More
Friends Focus

Richard M. Hunt: A Powerful Mind, a Passionate Soul, and Gentle Grace

Posted on April 23, 2020 by Virginia M. Esposito

Richard Hunt
Given the many arenas where Richard Hunt studied, worked, lived and gave over his 93 years, I might have met him in any one of them. It might have been as a German scholar who tirelessly worked to promote transatlantic mutual understanding, most particularly between Germany and the United States. He taught that subject and more at Harvard University and… Read More
From the President's Desk

How We Give: Ten Tips for Donors and Families

Posted on December 18, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito

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Editor’s Note: It’s the giving season! NCFP originally published this piece on October 15, 2007. All of the tips and recommendations here remain as relevant today as they were then… There is a lot of justifiable attention paid these days to some of the BIG questions about philanthropy and the philanthropic process: Why give? How much to give? What to… Read More
From the President's Desk

The Promise of Even Greater Possibilities

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito

What distinguishes giving families are the dual goals they bring to their philanthropic giving: goals for charitable purpose and goals for family participation. What unites them all is a very personal passion, a commitment to the legacy of their families’ values and vision and a commitment to philanthropic excellence. As I mentioned at the recent National Forum on Family Philanthropy,… Read More

What Do We Stand For? A Conversation and Celebration with Ginny Esposito (2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy)

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito, Ira S. Hirschfield, David Dodson

This conversation celebrates Ginny Esposito’s transition to the role of Senior Fellow at NCFP. Ginny was interviewed by a long-time peer and mentor, David Dodson in a lively conversation with Ira Hirschfield. They explore important changes in the field over the past 20 years, look at opportunities for the future, and share reflections on Ginny’s more than two decades of… Read More

Consensus and Complexity: A Retreat for New Family Foundation CEOs

Posted on October 11, 2019 by Alexa Cortes Culwell, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Virginia M. Esposito, Ambassador James A. Joseph, Stephen Treat, June Wilson, David Weitnauer, Jim Parsons

SOLD OUT! Contact NCFP at (202) 293-3424 to add your name to the wait list. Serving in the leadership staffing role for a family foundation can be one of the best jobs you’ll ever have, but it is not without challenges and complications. This first-of-its-kind NCFP peer retreat provides a unique opportunity for new family foundation CEOs to reflect on… Read More
From the President's Desk

In Celebration and Gratitude: Alice Buhl

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito

Ginny Esposito and Alice Buhl
This month, Alice Buhl will step down as Senior Fellow of the National Center for Family Philanthropy after more than 24 years of service in one leadership capacity or another. Most of Alice’s contributions have been, by her choice, quiet and uncelebrated. But this transition means that I get to throw caution (her wishes!) to the wind and offer a… Read More

Pride of Place

Posted on July 9, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito, Jason Born

This Content Collection features NCFP's report providing the first-ever in-depth look examining place-based, multi-generational family giving, along with a variety of other resources and case studies on place-based family philanthropy. Read More

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