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What makes a foundation embrace big risks?

November 14, 2014

By at least one measure, the Kresge Foundation has made the biggest bet, among all national foundations, on the future of Detroit. The question is: What led them to accept the risk?

 

Here’s a further thought on my last post, about the Kresge Foundation’s ambitious, high-risk effort to help Detroit come out of bankruptcy as a stronger, more stable city.

 

Welcome to our new website!

October 13, 2014

Welcome to our new and improved website! We're glad you stopped by.

 

Stay awhile and explore the features we've added, like the Time-Limited Philanthropy section, which highlights the Center’s extensive work on foundations that are spending out their endowments and completing their work on a fixed schedule. Take a look at our streamlined Case Study Database, with over 600 case studies of philanthropy in action.

 

Incubators of philanthropy

September 5, 2014

A new report shows philanthropy and civil society coming to life in the great emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

 

 

In the United States, when we wonder how the philanthropic urge begins, and how it grows, we tend to seek answers mainly in the realms of philosophy and psychology: what motivates people to give, what values attract their support, and what satisfactions they derive from giving.

 

Climbing toward the finish line

July 29, 2014

The newest installment in our ongoing chronicle tells about the year The Atlantic Philanthropies defined how it was going to end, and what its final goals would be.

 

Several weeks ago, Chris Oechsli, The Atlantic Philanthropies’ CEO, posted an online essay whose headline declared that Atlantic is “NOT spending down.” In no time, a couple of old friends and foundation-watchers wrote me to ask, “What?! When did they change their minds?”

 

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