Bruce Sievers is a senior fellow of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, consulting director of the Skirball Foundation, visiting scholar at the Haas Center for Public Service, and former director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. He additionally serves on the advisory board for the Stanford Social Innovation Review and writes a regular column for Alliance Magazine.

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Choosing a Philanthropic Agenda: Five Factors to Consider

Posted on September 15, 2005 by Bruce Sievers

The most basic factor influencing the overall work of any family foundation is, surprisingly, often also the least examined: the initial determination of the foundation’s primary purposes and priorities. Issues of effectiveness, impact, strategy, assessment, and accountability get all the attention, while little discussion is given to the most fundamental determinants of what foundations do: donor preferences. This is the… Read More

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