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Joel L. Fleishman
Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies, Duke University

Office: 250 Sanford Building
Phone: (919) 613-7375

Joel Fleishman is Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies and the Director of the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. He joined the Duke faculty in 1971, was the founding director of what is now the Sanford School of Public Policy, and has served the university as vice president, senior vice president, and first senior vice president. He took part-time leave from Duke from 1993 to 2003 to serve as president of the Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company, the United States program staff of the Atlantic Philanthropies.

He is author, co-author, or editor of numerous books and articles reflecting his long-standing interest in ethics, public policy, and nonprofit organizations, the most recent of which, Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, was written with Thomas Tierney of the Bridgespan Group and published in spring 2011 by Public Affaris Book. His book The Foundation: A Great American Secret—How Private Wealth Is Changing the World, was released in an expanded paperback edition in 2009.

Fleishman serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the Urban Institute and as a trustee of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Brandeis University; the Artscroll Mesorah Heritage Foundation; the American Hebrew Academy; and the Partnership for Public Service. He is also chairman of the visiting committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to his academic activities, Fleishman is a member of the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. For eight years he wrote a monthly wine column for Vanity Fair magazine.


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Tony Proscio
Associate Director for Research

Office: 237 Sanford Building
Phone: (919) 613-7433

Tony Proscio is a planning, evaluation, and communication consultant to foundation and large nonprofit organizations. His clients include the United Nations, the Ford, Robert Wood Johnson, F.B. Heron, and Rockefeller foundations, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is coauthor, with Paul S. Grogan, of the book Comeback Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival and also wrote three essays on civic and philanthropic jargon published by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation: "In Other Words," "Bad Words for Good," and "When Words Fail." In the 1990s Proscio was associate editor of the Miami Herald, where he was lead editorial writer on economic issues and wrote a weekly opinion column.

With Center Faculty Director Joel Fleishman, Proscio is conducting a multiyear study of the process of spending down at The Atlantic Philanthropies and the AVI CHAI Foundation. Proscio's annual reports on The Atlantic Philanthropies can be found linked to here. His website is


Lisa Buckley
Program Coordinator

Office: 240 Sanford Building
Phone: (919)-613-7432

Lisa Buckley is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society.  She previously worked for eight years in the non-profit sector – first developing and supporting programs in workforce development at an organization based in Washington DC and more recently in a fundraising role at the Emily K Center in Durham. Lisa began her career as a middle school teacher in the beautiful Hudson Valley, not far from the town where her husband grew up.

Lisa earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management at the Nicholas School and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill.  Her undergraduate degree is in History and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame. During her time in college, she spent a year studying and teaching in Spain, southeastern China, and Mexico City.

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More on time, value, and time limits

April 3, 2017

A new report applies a theory of time and value in philanthropy to three real cases, to see how a foundation could decide whether to operate with a limited life, based on the amount and kind of value it hopes to create.


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Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation