Will Fitzpatrick

Will Fitzpatrick

Principal, Will Fitzpatrick PC

Will Fitzpatrick is an advisor and attorney to families, entrepreneurs, and high-net-worth individuals who wish to harness their capital to accelerate social impact. Specializing in hybrid structures that align financially-driven and mission-driven activities, Will helps his clients reimagine how business can be used as a disruptive force for change. In 2005, Will was instrumental in conceiving and implementing Omidyar Network’s novel legal structure, combining a VC fund and private foundation and allowing Omidyar Network to deploy over $1B of capital to for-profit entities and nonprofits globally. With deep experience in international operations and new governance models, he has the ability to quickly identify how to bring mission and profit into balance. Based in San Francisco, Will serves as a lecturer at the Berkeley School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in California and New York.


2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members and CEOs. Featuring the perspectives of innovative donors and a faculty made up of donors, board members, and highly respected philanthropy experts, this virtual seminar covers: Translating values and goals into action Connecting family legacy and… Read More

Going Beyond the Private Foundation: An Exploration of Vehicles

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Mark Newhouse, Eric Stephenson, Sharon Schneider, Will Fitzpatrick

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The practice of family philanthropy is evolving and so too are the structures that social impact practitioners employ to accomplish their objectives. However, a number of questions remain on the minds of philanthropic families. What are the available vehicles that promote social impact? How do families leverage multiple vehicles successfully? What is the role of a private foundation in relation… Read More
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Rapid Response Funding Partnerships in the Fight Against SARS-CoV-2

Posted on March 31, 2020 by Will Fitzpatrick

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As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, philanthropists are struggling to respond. Nearly the entire world suddenly has the same urgent needs: more and better diagnostic testing, personal protective and respiratory equipment, food supply support, and small business support, to name a critical few. At the same time, we are beginning to see huge systemic flaws in our national and global healthcare system… Read More