Posts by Richard Marker

Binge Reading Takeaways: 8 Philanthropy Trends of Note

Posted by Richard Marker on October 4, 2018

After a binge reading marathon, some clear trends start to emerge. None of these trends will catch any of my philanthropy colleagues by surprise, but it is very striking to see them writ large, and often.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? When Family Philanthropy Interests Diverge

Posted by Richard Marker on August 10, 2017

It need not be said that families are complex and relationships, between and within generations, reflect that complexity. Every decision that has to be made is loaded because every one is personal.

Why "Next-Gen" Misses the Point

Posted by Richard Marker on June 14, 2017

There is something not quite right when people who have demonstrated leadership roles in other settings, have successful careers, and in many cases are well along raising their own children, are still considered to be too young for the decision-making circle of the family. Too often they are all lopped together as “next gens”.

A Little Mission Creep can be a Good Thing

Posted by Richard Marker on November 14, 2016

There are lots of practical and conceptual reasons to resist mission creep. So then, how can a little mission creep ever be a smart move?

The Market Ride: Implications for funders and their grantees

Posted by Richard Marker on January 21, 2016

The recent downturn in the stock market has raised concerns among many in the family foundation world. To help put the recent decline in perspective, we offer the following guest post from Richard Marker, co-principal of Wise Philanthropy, offering important lessons from past wild swings for those who work in the foundation world.

Funder Collaboratives: Avoiding the Potential Pitfalls of Partnerships

Posted by Richard Marker on February 15, 2012

Our board has recently been asked by a local group of funders to join a funder collaborative designed to help revitalize a troubled neighborhood in our community. What advice do you have for how to respond to this invitation? What are the advantages of funder collaborations, and what red flags should...

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