Trends in Family Philanthropy: Identity, Leadership, and the Future of Family Philanthropy

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 1:30pm EST
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For staff and trustees of Connecticut Council for Philanthropy member organizations

What are the key governance and grantmaking issues facing family foundation boards and staff in the 21st Century?  How are family foundations engaging the next generation, supporting grantees, and planning for perpetuity? And what are the implications of these trends for those in the field? Join this special conversation with National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) President Ginny Esposito and leaders from the research team for NCFP's new Trends in Family Philanthropy initiative.

NCFP's First National Benchmark Survey of Family Foundations is the first statistically representative study of the sweeping scale and diversity of practice of American family foundations. It also provides a baseline for tracking trends in family philanthropy over time. NCFP expects to produce the study every three to four years, making it possible to compare today’s answers with those in the future to provide a better understanding of trends and changes in the field.


Alice Buhl is Senior Fellow to the National Center for Family Philanthropy and its Board of Directors.  She was a founding board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and led the development of the “Pursuit of Excellence” assessment process. Alice is a Senior Consultant for Lansberg, Gersick & Associates.


Virginia M. Esposito is the founder and president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. For 35 years, Ginny has worked to advance private philanthropy through research, writing and education. For 25 of those years, she has focused on the family philanthropic experience, promoting values, vision and excellence across generations of donor families. Ginny served as the editor and principal author of Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation and the forthcoming (winter 2015) Splendid Legacy 2: The Guide to Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation. To mark the Center’s Tenth Anniversary, she conducted an interview project that resulted in her publication: The Power to Produce Wonders: The Value of Family in Philanthropy. She also edited and served as principal author of the four-volume Family Foundation Library Series (1998). She has written numerous issue papers and articles for and about family giving. Ginny has actively sought to embrace new audiences and diverse traditions in her work advancing ethical and effective family philanthropy, and has presented at hundreds of conferences on family giving throughout North America and on four other continents. Read Ginny's complete bio here.

Elizabeth T. Boris became the founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. The Center conducts research on the role and impact of nonprofit organizations and the policy issues that affect them. The Center also hosts the National Center for Charitable Statistics, which builds and maintains the nation's largest research database on nonprofit organizations. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Boris was founding director of the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, the first grant making program devoted to supporting research on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. Prior to her tenure at the Aspen Institute, Dr. Boris was Vice President for Research at the Council on Foundations, where she developed the research program and directed it for twelve years.


To register contact NCFP at 202-293-3424.


Thanks to the support of project sponsor JP Morgan, this webinar is available to all philanthropic organizations that are affiliated with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, including members of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.

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