Virginia M. Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito

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What do you do at NCFP?

I have the privilege of listening to the stories of thousands of caring and committed charitable families and their colleagues. Tales of joy, problems and promise – they generously share them all. On a good day, I am able to find common themes and lessons learned that allow me to share information and inspiration with all who care about excellence in family philanthropy. Oh yeah, there is also management and fundraising! Read Ginny's complete bio here.

What are your favorites?

A beach, a book, and a little "Jazz" (my Yorkie rescued from Louisiana)
Family Tradition
Family Tradition:
I’m the proud aunt of 14 extraordinary nieces and nephews. Anything I can do with and for them brings me joy and hope.
I found the cause of my heart when I found the opportunity to support giving families. Other causes dear to me I can track back to family values and experiences.
My satellite radio settings range from classical/opera to contemporary rock, from the music of the 40s to ESPN. I never know what I’ll feel like so I keep quick access to it all!
Building and furnishing a house in the Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Like my music, I want it to be fun, inspiring and as varied as I can get. Right now, there’s a poetry volume by the bed, A British murder mystery always nearby, and usually a biography or history in the den.

What is the biggest trend in the field of family philanthropy?

I'm told I only have 25-50 words for the biggest trend....are they kidding? So, I'll count on my colleagues to cover trends in giving and investing and I'll say "transitions." The most generative and difficult times are often those associated with a transition or new phase in the lifecycle of the family, the foundation/fund, the area(s) of giving, or the community served. Planning ahead for those ensures those shifts stay constructive and serve the best interests of the foundation/fund.

What did you do before NCFP?

Was there life before NCFP? Studied art, languages, education, English, and family systems theory. Volunteered. In terms of work? Florist, civil service, temp, college dorm aide, junior high teacher, and many grantmaker education positions. Did a LOT of facilitation.

What do you like most about your job?

No question. The people. The passionate, generous, dedicated people. Those thinking about involving their family in charitable giving. Those working to ensure they do it as well as possible. Those with an idea and those with a question. Those endlessly inspired and those conflicted. NCFP volunteers. Definitely NCFP staff. Our Friends of the Family. Clearly, I'm a lucky, happy girl.