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The Critical Role of the Board Chair in Family Philanthropy | NCFP Webinar

Thursday, April 9, 2015 -
9:00am to 10:30am PDT
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What are the critical roles and responsibilities of family foundation board chairs? What are the traps that board chairs can fall into, and how can you avoid them? How can CEOs and board chairs create a mutually respectful and positive long-term partnership? And how can your family identify and prepare a successor chair? Join us for this wide-ranging conversation on the critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy with international family foundation experts Virginia Esposito and Alice Buhl along with two experienced and thoughtful family foundation leaders. This is a must-see webinar for any CEO or board member that is a current board chair or that has or plans some day to serve in this role.


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 more than 30 years, Ms. Esposito has advanced private philanthropy through research 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. She served as the editor and principal author of the research report The Family Foundation CEO: Crafting Consensus out of Complexity, as well as Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation and The Power to Produce Wonders: The Value of Family in Philanthropy. She has presented at hundreds of programs for and about donor families throughout North America and on four other continents. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Great Nonprofits and on Independent Sector’s Ethics and Accountability Committee.

Steve Toben is the president of the Flora Family Foundation.  Before joining the FFF staff in 2000, Mr. Toben served for nine years as a program officer at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation where he directed the foundation's programs on conflict resolution and the environment.  He is a former chair of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and a co-founder of the Peace and Security Funders Group.  Mr. Toben began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Sam J. Ervin, III, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced law for eight years.  He is a former member of the Portola Valley Town Council and twice served as mayor.  Mr. Toben is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the Yale Law School.

Targeted Audience

CEOs, Board Chairs, and anyone who works with them! This webinar is open to all NCG Family Foundations, Independent Foundations and Donor Advised Funds.