Adaptive Philanthropy: Flexible Giving to Maximize Results

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Most families engaged in shared philanthropy aspire to change the world—that’s why you commit your time, energy, and focus to this important work. But many families don’t feel they have appropriate behaviors and tools to maximize the impact of their giving – situations change rapidly, and new challenges are always on the horizon. Adaptive philanthropy requires a wholesale shift in thinking and doing.

Adaptive philanthropists seek to stay true to a strategic direction while remaining aware of their external environments, flexibly responding to uncertain economic and political situations, measuring results, and adapting their philanthropy based on the latest available data. Join us for this exciting conversation with representatives from the Bridgespan Group based in part on their new research initiative on adaptive philanthropy with Stanford Social Innovation Review, as well as on the experiences of family foundation leaders that have embraced the adaptive philanthropy approach.

Featured Speakers

Jeffrey Solomon

Jeffrey Solomon is the former president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies (ACBP). A widely…

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Rachel Garbow Monroe

Rachel Garbow Monroe began her term as President of the Weinberg Foundation in February of 2010.…

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Susan Wolf Ditkoff

Susan Wolf Ditkoff is a partner in the Boston office and co-Head of the Philanthropy Practice…

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What others have said...

Excellent, candid insights offered by peer practitioners who are exploring important ways of thinking differently about our work.


Great advice on how to talk about “new ways” with more traditional family members


Susan Ditkoff was excellent.


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