Tony Proscio is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a consultant to foundations and major nonprofit organizations. His clients have included the United Nations Secretariat, the Ford, Robert Wood Johnson, F.B. Heron, and Rockefeller Foundations, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the California Endowment, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. He offers strategic consulting on program design, planning, and evaluation; communication; and policy analysis and development. He is co-author, with Paul S. Grogan, of Comeback Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival, which Ron Brownstein described in The Los Angeles Times as “the most important book about cities in a generation.” In the 1990s Proscio was associate editor of The Miami Herald, where he was lead editorial writer on economic issues and wrote a weekly opinion column.


The Power of Urgency: Options for Spending Down and Limited Life Foundations

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Alice Buhl, Joseph W. “Joe” Clark, Tony Proscio

This conversation will provide a fascinating look at the advantages and disadvantages of the limited life approach, both for the community of grantees and for family members themselves. Even if your family is not currently considering the limited life option, the strategic approaches taken by the boards of these foundations to achieve their goals will offer many valuable lessons and insights… Read More

Providing for the Long Term: Supporting Endowments and Investable Assets

Posted on November 4, 2008 by Tony Proscio

In this guide grant makers discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of supporting endowments and alternatives to endowments. When the goal is to help strong organizations make longer-term programmatic plans and diversify their sources of funding, endowments can be helpful. But they’re far from foolproof. This guide offers some thoughts on how to avoid the most common mistakes and get the… Read More

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