15 years of advancing excellence in family philanthropy: Lessons learned…and a look ahead
Anyone interested in trends and predictions for the future of family philanthropy.
How has the field of family philanthropy evolved over the past 15 years? And where is it headed in the future? Join this wide-ranging conversation with NCFP President Virginia Esposito and the current and former board chairs of the National Center for Family Philanthropy as they discuss issues, challenges, and breakthroughs in family philanthropy. Through their stories and observations you will discover which trends are gaining momentum and catch a glimpse of where the field might be headed. The rise of impact investing and collaboration, increased geographic dispersion and diversity of interests among family members, and the emergence of a new set of national and global challenges are just a few of the areas that will be touched upon.
Virginia M. Esposito, is the founder and president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. For more than 35 years, she 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 Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-creating 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.
Carrie Avery is president of the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles, California, which provides fellowships, grants to new grassroots organizations with dynamic leadership, and sabbaticals to long-time nonprofit leaders. She serves on the boards of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the RGK Foundation, and Berkeley Repertory Theater.
Tom Lambeth is senior fellow at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and founding board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Tom joined the Foundation in 1978 as Executive Director and now continues to serve the Foundation as senior fellow. Throughout his career, Tom has dedicated himself to the people of North Carolina and has worked in a variety of capacities. He was on the campaign staff of gubernatorial candidate Terry Stanford, was assistant to the chair of the NC Democratic Party, and was administrative assistant to Governor Sanford. From 1965 to 1969, he was an administrator at the Smith Richardson Foundation in Greensboro, and from 1969 to 1978, he worked as administrative assistant to U.S. Representative Richardson Preyer. Tom has served on numerous Boards, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem State University, the Public School Forum of North Carolina, the NC Rural Center, and the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership.
Mary Mountcastle is a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds, Mary Reynolds Babcock and Triangle Community Foundations. She is a Senior Fellow at Self-Help, a nonprofit community development lender that has made over $5 billion in loans to over 55,000 low-wealth families across the U.S. She currently serves on the boards of the Neighborhood Funders Group, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers and the Corporation for Enterprise Development. She previously was President of the Center for Responsible Lending, Vice President of Economic Development for MDC Inc, a nonprofit policy research center, and Director of the Social Investment Program for MetLife Insurance Co. She has also worked at various levels of government. In 1992, she received the Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking from the Council on Foundations. She holds a MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Williams College.
What participants said:
I find the webinars to be engaging and well prepared. I always find some choice nuggets to jot down and reflect upon. A big "thank you" to NCFP for pulling these together.
I love the opportunity to learn via webinar. What a great way to maximize my time!
Striving to keep abreast of best practices, this webinar series is so helpful in keeping me on my game - affirming the work we do here, and also expanding our thinking and opening our minds to new ways of serving families.
Experience and perspective shone through!
Focus on trends was of interest and the various presenters' differing perspectives were thought-provoking.
It was fascinating to me that two of the four presenters, when asked for closing remarks, said to have more fun with this work. A good reminder not to take ourselves too seriously!
I think Carrie Avery's info on how her family brings their next gen on board and who they bring on was great.
It was good to have some important trends articulated so well!