In the midst of the mess in 2009, TPI undertook a qualitative research project to find out what corporate philanthropic leaders—past and present—were thinking and doing. For the most part the responses were encouraging in spirit, and the on-the-ground changes in practice were as you would expect.
Family foundations—they embody both the best and the worst of philanthropy. I have been a passionate missionary for family philanthropy for nearly 20 years, stemming from both my positive experience with our own family foundation and from the opportunities I have had with my TPI colleagues to help other families take their giving to incredibly fulfilling and highly productive levels. The largest foundation in the world is a family foundation powerfully driven by its donors’ strategic and wel
This is a topic that I’ve been wrestling with for a long time and especially since the party ended 18 months ago.
“Liberia is not a poor country. It is a country that has been managed poorly,” according Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s president and Africa’s first female head of state.
The five-year anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are coming up this fall, and to mark the occasion more than 30 organization are gathering in New Orleans next month at a conference called Katrina @ 5: Partners in Philanthropy.
The purpose of the gathering is to explore philanthropy's role as a partner in disaster response, rebuilding, and transformation, and to examine what's worked, what hasn't, and what is yet to be done.
Today, in my final post, I want to offer specific suggestions for Intrepid Philanthropists who want to maximize the upsides of transparency.
I want to start about by acknowledging—transparently—that my preaching below is ahead of my practice. These suggestions represent an amalgam of what I’ve observed from some of the country’s most forward-thinking grantmakers. No one grantmaker that we’re aware of does all of these things.
It is a pleasure and honor to join the conversation on this new blog. Some days I’m not sure I consider myself an “intrepid philanthropist,” but every day I consider myself a fan of Ed Skloot, the creator of this blog.
Ed encouraged me to use this space to elaborate on a theme that I’ve been writing about lately: the inevitability of transparency.