Ginny Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito

Senior Fellow and Founding President

ginny.esposito@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.

Contributions

From NCFP

Ginny’s Governance Checklist Part 3: Composing Your Board Eligibility, Size, Selection, and Terms

Posted on October 5, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito

The Governance Checklist blog series is a practical guide to building and maintaining the best possible family foundation board. Framed around a series of questions, the Checklist can guide a discussion about the founding of a new board or a healthy, and well-advised, reconsideration of your board’s development and effectiveness. The first installment focused on the principles that inspire and… Read More
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An Extraordinary Life: Remembering Anne Springs Close

Posted on September 16, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito

The field of philanthropy lost one of its most remarkable leaders last month. So did the fields of conservation and environmental protection, those committed to racial and economic justice, children and families, and the people of South Carolina. And all was lost in the person of one small yet extraordinary woman, Anne Springs Close. The last opportunity I had to… Read More
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Ginny’s Governance Checklist Part 2: Clarifying Foundation Needs And Board Member Expectations

Posted on August 27, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito

Courtesy of Edmond Dantès from Pexels The first installment of this blog series on building and maintaining your board focused on which principles will inspire and guide your governance policies and practices. These principles articulate critical issues of attitude and approach to governance and provide invaluable context for all board work. And while you likely are more than ready to… Read More
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Building and Maintaining a Highly Functioning Board: Ginny’s Governance Checklist

Posted on August 3, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito

Courtesy of Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels About this Series In the early days of a family foundation, the donors and other enthusiastic family members tend to turn first to the excitement of grantmaking and, soon thereafter, to the practicalities of management and investment needs. Governance doesn’t often make it into the conversation right away— and that makes a certain sense… Read More

Community Foundations Network Topical Call: Effective Governance

Posted on March 8, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito

Governance is defined as an agreed-upon process based on common values for collective communication and decision making. It is designed to serve both current and future generations. Good governance is a critical component of a successful family philanthropy effort. Listen to the April 8, 2021 Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar, Effective Governance: Principles, Policies, and Practices. Follow up the webinar with… Read More
From NCFP

Calling Family Foundation Board Members to Join a Journey on Racial Justice

Posted on March 2, 2021 by June Wilson, Kelly Nowlin, Mary Mountcastle, Virginia M. Esposito

Mary Mountcastle, June Wilson, and Kelly Nowlin speaking at the 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy Learn more about the Racial Justice Learning and Action Network. In 2018, the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) announced its second class of fellows, naming Kelly Nowlin, June Wilson, and Mary Mountcastle as distinguished fellows. Each of us independently chose to focus our… Read More

Effective Governance: Principles, Policies, and Practices

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Virginia M. Esposito, Patricia Angus

board room, board meeting
Preview the conversation with “The Purpose and Power of Family Governance” by Patricia Angus. Family philanthropy is rooted in the act of collective decision making—one that is often codified in a formal governance structure. But what is governance and how can a family adopt its framework to effectively guide their philanthropy? Governance consists of three elements—principles, policies, and practices—that define… Read More
From NCFP

An Interview with NCFP’s Senior Fellow Ginny Esposito

Posted on August 12, 2020 by Virginia M. Esposito, Jason Born

Ginny Esposito and Alice Buhl
Ginny Esposito with NCFP’s inaugural Senior Fellow, Alice Buhl Editor’s Note: Vice President of Programs Jason Born spoke recently with NCFP Founder Ginny Esposito about her transition to the role of Senior Fellow at the beginning of 2020, and some of the projects and initiatives she is working on in that new role. I’m here today with my long-time friend… Read More
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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