Political Philanthropy Out of the Shadows

October 12, 2016

     Recent decades have seen a marked shift in not just the amount of philanthropic contributions directly into public-policy debates, but the explicitness of their intent. Whereas most foundation grants in the policy arena used to take the form of “demonstrations” and “models” — in which foundations paid for small-scale tests of new policy tools, and then encouraged governments to adopt the most successful ones — funders today have tended to leap directly into the promotion business, advocating changes based on normative arguments that may be only loosely grounded in empirical evidence.

A Foundation Confronts Its Final Priorities

November 6, 2015

In 2014, preparing for its final burst of expansive, long-vision grants, Atlantic drew its core programs to a close, downsized its staff, ramped up a final communications strategy, and became, in all respects, an institution in the final stages of work.

Understanding Human-Capital Philanthropy

October 1, 2015

Almost all grants support human beings. But only some concentrate on cultivating human excellence. Five factors, drawn from The Atlantic Philanthropies' work in Viet Nam, seem to define this important form of grantmaking.


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Dina Powell
Goldman Sachs Foundation

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Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation

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Donna Shalala

President, Clinton Foundation




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