Kimberly Dasher Tripp is Founder and Principal of Strategy for Scale where she works with donors and doers on philanthropic strategy. She conducts research on the practices and behaviors of philanthropists; acts as a strategic philanthropic advisor to individual, family and institutional philanthropies; and works with nonprofits and coalitions on issues of governance, strategy and effective revenue models. She is particularly interested in new approaches to high impact philanthropy, on the hunt for the best models to accelerate systems change, and endlessly curious about the sector.

Kimberly wrote the blog It’s Not All About Growth For Social Enterprises for the Harvard Business Review and the articles Freeing the Social Entrepreneur, Five Lessons for New Philanthropists, and Philanthropy’s New Release for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She also produced the research and report Going Beyond Giving for The Philanthropy Workshop, which was also cited in the New York Times.

Previously, Kimberly was Principal on the Portfolio Team of the Skoll Foundation, where she ran the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Focusing on selection processes that highlight large-scale change and funding opportunities that reward innovation, risk and possibility, she managed twenty-six grantees over her five-year tenure. Her prior experience included nonprofit, international development work and corporate marketing.

Kimberly earned her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in political science. She received a Princeton-in-Asia Fellowship and taught at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. She serves on the board of Health Care Without Harm and the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and previously served on the board of mothers2mothers. She has three children with her husband, Owen.


The Future of Family Philanthropy: Positioning Families for Greatness

Posted on July 23, 2020 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Kimberly Dasher Tripp

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Philanthropic families are expanding their impact, knowledge of the field, and becoming increasingly sophisticated in their giving. There is further demand for philanthropic guidance and resources as donors and their families leverage multiple philanthropic vehicles, engage the next generation, and look to increase their payout rates or even spend down. NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco has spent the last… Read More

Going Beyond Giving: Perspectives on the Philanthropic Practices of High and Ultra-High Net Worth Donors

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Kimberly Dasher Tripp, Rachel Cardone

The Philanthropy Workshop, with funding from the Raikes Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, commissioned research to understand the experiences, practices, and behaviors of high and ultra-high net worth philanthropists. The research included an electronic survey of over 200 individuals, including 132 TPW members representing 30% of the TPW network. Their responses raised provocative questions about the power… Read More