Ade Adeniji

Journalist, Inside Philanthropy

Born and raised in Manhattan, Ade headed west to attend Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. and later the American Film Institute Conservatory where he received his MFA in screenwriting. As a philanthropy journalist for Inside Philanthropy, Ade has interviewed and profiled major donors including Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Wall Street billionaire Robert F. Smith, Brooklyn Nets owner Clara Wu Tsai, and the world’s only known transgender billionaire Jennifer Pritzker. Ade also has a deep interest in cultural writing, where his work has been published in such outlets as CBS News, WIRED, Newsweek, PBS, Mic, and The Rumpus. He is an approved Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Critic through his blog.

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Voices from the Field

Here’s How a Longtime Family Foundation Fractured, and Shifted Gears for a Meaningful Final Act

Posted on August 2, 2022 by Ade Adeniji

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. In 1894, Missouri native William H. Danforth founded what would become Ralston Purina Company as a balanced food production company for animals. The company revolutionized the feed… Read More

Effective Family Philanthropy: Tegan and Brian Acton

Posted on July 14, 2022 by Ade Adeniji

Brian and Tegan Acton
5 Practices Wildcard Giving Has Embraced to Achieve Its Goals Donor-advised funds. Acton Family Giving and Solidarity Giving are donor-advised funds set up at Fidelity Charitable that allow them to take payouts and focus more of that money into the grants. However, these charities also avoid the normal trappings of DAFs, publishing grants, and honoring a minimum payout as if they… Read More
Voices from the Field

How the Family Behind a Sportswear Behemoth Is Expanding Its Philanthropy for Rural Communities

Posted on April 28, 2022 by Ade Adeniji

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. In 1937, Paul Lamfrom fled Nazi Germany and later founded Columbia Hat Company, a modest hat manufacturer in Portland, Oregon. When Paul passed away, the company’s reins… Read More
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The Personal and the Collective: How Three Generations of the Sobrato Family Give

Posted on March 23, 2022 by Ade Adeniji

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. The Sobrato Organization in Silicon Valley has developed more than 21 million square feet of office space, R&D and multi-family projects since the 1960s. Today, the company’s… Read More
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How Multiple Generations of the Disney Family Come Together to Fund Social Justice in LA and Beyond

Posted on January 21, 2022 by Ade Adeniji

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. It all began at Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in October 1923. Here, bright young cartoonist Walt Disney and his older brother Roy O. Disney established the upstart… Read More