Wendy Paris

Journalist, Inside Philanthropy

Wendy Paris is a solutions-focused journalist and nonfiction author with an ear for stories that uplift, inspire, and challenge the dominant, often negative, norm. She writes about family giving, the arts, aging, and other topics for Inside Philanthropy. Her articles, essays and opinion pieces also have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, Quartz, The Forward, Jewish Journal and other publications and websites, as well as on National Public Radio shows. She has also worked as a radio and television producer and reporter.

She has held fellowships with Encore.org (now Co-Generate), where she served as the communications director of Sustainable South Bronx, and with the Washington D.C.-based think tank New America Foundation, where she worked on her book about the good divorce, Splitopia: Dispatches from the Good Divorce and How to Part Well (Simon & Schuster/Atria 2016). She holds a master’s in fine arts degree in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University and a master’s in social work degree from The Ohio State University. She volunteers as a mentor-editor through the Op-Ed Project in New York City and as a Big Sister. She is the mother of a 16-year-old boy, and lives in Santa Monica, CA.


Effective Family Philanthropy: The Eisner Foundation

Posted on June 5, 2023 by Wendy Paris, Inside Philanthropy

The Eisner Family EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Portsmouth and Shrewsbury Town. From L to R: Anders Eisner, Breck Eisner, Jane Eisner, Michael Eisner, Eric Eisner. Photo courtesy of the Eisner Family
The Intergenerational Philanthropy of the Eisner Foundation If there were a Disney film about family philanthropy, it might open with a scene from Michael Eisner’s childhood. The L.A.-based philanthropist, former chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company and former head of Paramount Studios before that, grew up sitting in on conversations about family giving during Thanksgiving in Vermont. After… Read More