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Indian American Philanthropy: A Tradition of Seeding Change and Inspiring Giving

Posted on August 10, 2023 by Sharmila Rao Thakkar

Indian Americans have a long history of philanthropy, and the tradition continues to thrive with the current and next generation. In this piece, Sharmila Rao Thakkar explores the various trends and motivations behind Indian American philanthropy—as well as share more about the first-ever India Giving Day that took place on March 2, 2023 and that will become a new annual… Read More
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The Intergenerational Philanthropy of the Eisner Foundation

Posted on December 20, 2022 by Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy

The Eisner Family EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Portsmouth and Shrewsbury Town. From L to R: Anders Eisner, Breck Eisner, Jane Eisner, Michael Eisner, Eric Eisner. Photo courtesy of the Eisner Family
Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on the many forms of family philanthropy, in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and produced by Inside Philanthropy’s editorial team. If there were a Disney film about family philanthropy, it might open with a scene from Michael Eisner’s childhood. The L.A.-based philanthropist, former chairman and CEO of… Read More
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Responding Quickly and Effectively in Times of Disaster: Preparation and Partnerships are Critical

Posted on November 30, 2022 by Brooks Reed

At CAF America, we support donors who want to build long-term partnerships with local organizations and create meaningful impact, anywhere in the world. This model is particularly relevant when communities we grant to are impacted by natural disasters, political crises, or other emergencies. After responding to the many global emergencies that have occurred over the past few years—from wildfires in… Read More
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Embracing a More Holistic Approach for Greater Impact

Posted on November 21, 2022 by Liz Dozier

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In 2015, I stepped away from the field of education and dove into the world of philanthropy. Previously, I had been principal of Fenger High School on Chicago’s South Side. My experience with funders had been exclusively on the receiving end; my team at Fenger and I worked hard to secure financial resources that would allow us to support our… Read More
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Passing the Torch: A Family Foundation Empowers Dozens of Young Philanthropists

Posted on November 14, 2022 by Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on the many forms of family philanthropy, in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and produced by Inside Philanthropy’s editorial team. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Newport Beach, California, Tarsadia Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide educational opportunities for the underserved, support health and wellbeing of the… Read More
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Legacy is not Synonymous with Complacency

Posted on November 3, 2022 by Allison Magee

“Why do we have to change?” This was the question posed to me by my board chair last year while the Zellerbach Family Foundation (ZFF) was in the depths of its first ever strategic planning process. It was a fair question. For over 65 years, ZFF has sought to serve as a catalyst for constructive social change; our work throughout… Read More
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Listening, Learning, and Leading Across Generations of Family Philanthropy

Posted on October 27, 2022 by Caryl M. Stern

father, son, and grandfather fishing off a pier
The Walton Family Foundation is committed to redefining collaboration to have greater impact in the communities it serves. New insights from Generation Z are helping chart a course forward. Sam Walton believed “great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them.” Look and listen. These actions are at the core of how we learn, opening the… Read More
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Learning from the History of Philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted on October 19, 2022 by Micah McElroy

Cable car going down hill in San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most prosperous places in the United States, home to technological giants, entrepreneurial universities, and cities where more billionaires per capita reside than almost anywhere else in the world. But the Bay Area is also one of the nation’s most economically unequal places, marked by widening income inequality and under-resourced nonprofits. Alarmed… Read More
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Philanthropy’s Response to Inflation: Bolstering Our Grantees During Challenging Times

Posted on October 13, 2022 by Stacey Faella

three stacks of coins, each taller than the next with blocks that spell out inflation on top of them
Many of us are familiar with the tension between the needs of nonprofits and the giving levels of foundations during economic downturns. At a moment when many nonprofits seek to address increasing challenges in their communities, foundations’ endowments decrease in value, leaving many funders with hard decisions to make about decreasing, increasing, or maintaining grant budgets at previous levels. This… Read More
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A Funder’s Learnings on Supporting Partners Beyond the Grant

Posted on October 4, 2022 by Anne Marie Burgoyne

A notebook on a spring with the text CAPACITY BUILDING on a white sheet lies on a wooden table with colored pens.
When I joined Laurene Powell’s team to formalize and scale philanthropy at Emerson Collective, my first goal was to build on the generosity and energy of her early philanthropy. Laurene’s early work in philanthropy was in founding College Track—an organization dedicated to confronting systemic barriers in high education, today serving nearly 4,000 students per year nationwide. From this experience, she… Read More