The Association of Small Foundations adopted a new name and brand, Exponent Philanthropy, in late March 2014. Exponent Philanthropy welcomes all philanthropists who choose to give with few or no staff, regardless of giving vehicle, and to champion more effectively this unique and powerful form of philanthropy.


Voices from the Field

How Participatory Grantmaking Can Strengthen Your Philanthropy

Posted on October 2, 2020 by Exponent Philanthropy, Allison R. Davis

This article was originally published by Exponent Philanthropy and is re-posted here with permission. Money affects power dynamics in relationships and as donors, we have the responsibility to send money carefully. When considering alternatives to a traditional funding approach, participatory grantmaking leverages knowledgeable input and democratic checks and balances. Being participatory is more than soliciting outside advice; it means inviting… Read More
Voices from the Field

Involving Non-Family Members in the Foundation

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Exponent Philanthropy

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Editor’s Note: Originally posted to Exponent Philanthropy’s blog. Many of our clients consider whether to involve non-family board members either early in the formation of their foundation or at some point during the foundation’s growth and development. This article discusses factors to consider in determining whether and how to include “outsiders”: the selection criteria of non-family members for board service;… Read More
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Social Impact Culture: Three Strategies to Help Your Family Foundation Connect with the Next Generation

Posted on March 6, 2018 by Exponent Philanthropy

How does today’s social impact culture affect the way you engage your children and grandchildren in your family’s philanthropy? That’s a question many trustees of America’s 42,000 family foundations are asking themselves as they look more closely at strategies to fulfill community passions, conduct responsible grantmaking, and inspire a philanthropic legacy for the next generation… Read More