There’s been an interesting discussion going on for some time at the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s LinkedInon “Best Philanthropy Quotes.”

We’ve been following it for a while, and while there are indeed many great quotes included in the conversation, we’ve been a bit disappointed that only a very few of those featured come from donors – and few if any touch upon the passions, values and special challenges of family philanthropy.

With this in mind, we asked those in our Friends of the Family network to share some of their own Great Quotes in Family Philanthropy. We added a few from the National Center’s seminal report,The Power to Produce Wonders,以及NCFP总裁金妮·埃斯波西托(Ginny Esposito)的个人收藏集。最后,我们包括了20世纪和21世纪的几位知名家庭慈善家的一些。

We hope you enjoy this first-ever (that we know of) collection of “Great Quotes in Family Philanthropy.” Please be sure to share your own favorite quotes – from someone famous or from your own grandmother (or from your famous grandmother) – in the comments section below!

来自NCFP Friends of the Family

“We have all drank from wells we did not dig; We have been warmed by fires we did not build; We have sat in the shade of trees we did not plant; We are where we are because of what someone else did.”

- 作者未知,基于Deuteronomy 6
(submitted by Tony Macklin, Executive Director, Roy A. Hunt Foundation)


- 吉姆·塞尔(Jim Self),创始人,自我家庭基金会
(由自助家庭基金会总裁弗兰克·沃德曼(Frank Wideman)提交)

“It’s not our money.”

- 凯蒂·芒特卡斯尔(Katie Mountcastle),受托人,玛丽·雷诺兹·巴布科克基金会

(由玛丽·雷诺兹·巴布科克基金会执行董事盖尔·威廉姆斯(Gayle Williams)提交)


- 23岁的下一代家庭成员扎克·罗素

(submitted by Richard Woo, Chief Executive Officer, The Russell Family Foundation)


“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

– John D. Rockefeller


– Mary Gates, mother of Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, in letter to Melinda Gates on the eve of their wedding


- 比尔·盖茨(Bill Gates),从2011年6月的《每日邮报》报纸采访,评论他的孩子将收到的继承

“财富不是养活我们的自我,但hungry and to help people help themselves.”

– Andrew Carnegie
(submitted by Carol A. Stabler, Director of Communications, The Meadows Foundation)


- 加尔文·柯立芝

(submitted by Carol A. Stabler)

“To laugh often and to love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of oneself; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

(submitted by Carol A. Stabler)


“Family foundations, for good and ill, have something of a personality that is different from other institutions, even other grantmaking institutions. That personality allows for more original initiative – more unconstrained thought about how to set and do the work of the organization. Sometimes you have a freedom, a quirkiness of character, that allows you to think of things and do things others might not.”

– Interviewee,The Power to Produce Wonders


– Interviewee,The Power to Produce Wonders

“家庭连接is a perfect antidote to how fast our society is running. Coming together in philanthropy can be the silver bullet to a society moving in different directions very fast. You stay connected and do work together that keeps you attached to your community or something topical.The work keeps you together with the people that matter to you.”

– Interviewee,The Power to Produce Wonders


– Alexis de Tocqueville

来自Ginny Esposito’s Personal Collection


–Paul Ylvisaker,Conscience and Community


- 詹姆斯·约瑟夫(James Joseph)大使(基金会理事会前首席执行官),
from Speech:
 ”Evolving Visions of Philanthropy and the Public Good,”
at the 1995 COF Annual Conference


–Paul Ylvisaker,Conscience and Community

“The returns on a family investment in philanthropy are – or can be – extremely high, both internally and externally. When such an investment is well executed, a family can achieve the cohesion that comes with a sense of higher purpose and cooperative effort. Family members report an excitement and fulfillment going far beyond what they had known as related (though often bloodied) members of a tribe.”

–Paul Ylvisaker,Conscience and Community

“Building a foundation on the fragile relationships that characterize any family is a precarious enterprise, but the returns are worth the risk and all the tensions that go with it.”

–Paul Ylvisaker,Conscience and Community


- 布鲁斯·西弗斯(Bruce Sievers)实现遗产:一代人的家庭慈善事业的价值观

“As I see it, there is no other way that as few people can raise the quality of the whole American society as far and as fast as can trustees and directors of our voluntary institutions, using the strength they now have in positions they now hold.”

– Robert K. Greenleaf, founder of the The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Great Quotes: Thanks Mom


“God could not be everywhere, so he created MOTHERS.”

- 犹太谚语(Radha Stern共享)

“Life is short; therefore I shall be a crusader in the struggle against ignorance and fear, beginning with myself.”

– My Mom, an elementary school librarian, wrote this and taught it to her students for 30 years (shared by Dana Vickers Shelley)


And finally, the editor’s personal favorite (this might have been helpful during Congress’s recent debate to extend the debt ceiling):


- 非家庭董事会成员(和前联邦法官),在一次特别紧张的家庭基金会董事会对话中