Intrepid Philanthropist Blog

Sunset for a Family Foundation

December 17, 2013

The popularity of time-limited philanthropy, which appears to be growing, runs especially high among two groups of foundation leaders.

Crossing the Scale Barrier

December 4, 2013

Among the simpler approaches to strategic philanthropy — verging on the simplistic — is the venerable Demonstration Program.

‘The Days of Quiet Philanthropy Are Behind Us’

November 26, 2013

In 2001, when Paul Grogan was named president of the Boston Foundation (the nation’s 15th largest community foundation in 2012), it was understood that the revered but diffident institution was hea

When Philanthropists Get It Wrong

October 15, 2013

Economist Zoltan Acs, who has made his academic mark mostly by thinking and writing about entrepreneurship, has lately trained his lens on philanthropy, in an engaging book called Why Philanthr

Unto the Third Generation

October 7, 2013

Foundations have several ways of deciding whether to operate forever or to put all their resources to work in a limited time.

Something Ventured, Something Gained

September 20, 2013

Sixteen years ago, William P. Ryan, a philanthropy scholar and consultant, wrote an epochally influential article in the Harvard Business Review, with co-authors Christine W.

Feeling the Pressures of a Limited Life

August 7, 2013

 Leadership changes, strategic reviews, the closing of some programs and a fresh emphasis on others — all these are part of the normal cycle at just about any foundation.

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Rip Rapson
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The Kresge Foundation