Lowell Weiss

Lowell Weiss

President, Cascade Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

Lowell Weiss is President of Cascade Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., where he provides personalized guidance to foundations and individual donors seeking to deepen their impact, with services ranging from designing new initiatives to implementing focused advocacy efforts to engaging next-generation family members. Previously, he served in a leadership role at one of the world’s foremost change-making institutions, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Among his many responsibilities, he served as staff director of the internal team responsible for providing Bill and Melinda Gates with analytical insights on how to make highest and best use of Warren Buffett’s historic gift to the foundation. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, he served as director of the chairman’s office at the Morino Institute, which is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children in the National Capital Region.


Voices from the Field

Examine Your Own Equity Practices Before Asking Grantees

Posted on January 28, 2022 by Lowell Weiss

This article was originally published by LEAP Ambassadors and is re-posted here with permission. What are good questions funders can ask prospective grantees about their equity values and practices? When Lowell Weiss, President of Cascade Philanthropy Advisors, asked his fellow Leap Ambassadors, he received a range of responses. First, Are You in a Position to Judge? Several ambassadors brought up the need… Read More
Voices from the Field

Brutal Truth and Credible Hope

Posted on April 28, 2020 by Lowell Weiss, Mario Morino

tunnel with a light at the end
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published here and is re-posted with permission. The wonderful Cheryl Collins told us, with the firm but loving tone she used in her schoolteacher days, that we must use this platform to share both brutal honesty and credible hope. So that’s what we’re going to try to do. Brutal Truth: We’re in for a rough ride. Some ER… Read More