Intrepid Philanthropist Blog

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.

Up from Obscurity

September 23, 2015

Modesty is a personal virtue, but it can be a vice for foundations and their causes. Paul Grogan of the Boston Foundation recently explained why.

Mapping a Finite Highway

August 12, 2015

Research on time-limited philanthropy used to be scarce, but it’s expanding fast. Foundation Center has just scanned the intellectual landscape, and the results are intriguing.

A Not-so-Risky Business?

July 30, 2015

Are foundation officers more courageous risk-takers than other people? Some new research says: Evidently not. Then again, should they be?

Landing and Launching

July 8, 2015

For a foundation spending down, the final years entail a lot of ending, closing, and exiting. But there are good reasons why they should also include some creative new work.


Bricks, Mortar, and Meaning

May 21, 2015

A lot of foundations automatically shun proposals for buildings. There are good reasons to reconsider.

Don’t “Haul in the Nets,” Repair Them!

January 22, 2015

Last semester’s talk by John Ettinger, about foundations’ efforts to network their grantees, continues to draw a lot of thoughtful reaction. This guest post comes from an expert on the topic, Marty Kearns of Netcentric Campaigns.

FIRG Spring 2015 – Save the Date

January 13, 2015

Our Foundation Impact Research Group presentations will feature a compelling slate of speakers in Spring 2015. Please mark your calendars to attend these exciting events.




Jan 27

JOIN US Wednesday, January 27th at 4:30 PM, on Zoom, for a VIRTUAL discussion on reinventing local journalism with philanthropic and civic capital. Registration is Required