Giving Together: A Workbook for Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 24, 2016 by The Philanthropic Initiative

The exercises in this workbook are based on The Philanthropic Initiative’s experience working with hundreds of family philanthropies over TPI’s 20 years of philanthropic consulting. Every family brings its own unique culture, goals, and strengths to the journey of creating a family philanthropic enterprise. The resulting governance structures, funding approaches, and operating models are nearly as varied as the families… Read More

Passion: Discovering Meaning in Your Philanthropy

Posted on November 6, 2014 by The Philanthropic Initiative

What is the place of passion in philanthropy? When it comes to giving and volunteering, we might think of passion as that mix of curiosity, enthusiasm and conviction which takes us beyond an annual contribution into a sustained engagement with an issue, cause or organization. The passion in philanthropy can be expressed in many ways… Read More

Global Giving: Making a World of Difference

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Paula Johnson

This monograph describes through donors' stories the possibilities of global giving. For anyone who is interested in addressing issues beyond our borders, it offers a look at the new infrastructure that has emerged to promote and respond to donors' global interests and provides comprehensive information on the institutions that can help them get involved… Read More

Raising Children with Philanthropic Values

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Ellen Remmer

Develop an understanding of your own values, starting with your “money values.” We all have beliefs about money. Affluent parents may have more difficulty clarifying these values since there are so many choices they can make available to their children. Wealth counselors offer a variety of tools to help people articulate their money values and assess whether their behavior is consistent with these values. Keeping a money diary, identifying “money heroes,” or creating a priority ranking of “belief statements” about money can provide valuable insights. Your understanding of how philanthropy fits into your money values will determine the way you shape your children’s philanthropic values… Read More

Making a difference: Evaluating your philanthropy

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Ellen Remmer

“I want to make a difference” This simple statement often sums up the motivating impulse for both sophisticated and beginning philanthropists. However, most donors soon learn that it is very difficult to measure the results of charitable activity. Donors who come to philanthropy from business careers often expect to measure nonprofit performance by the rigorous, quantitative measures used in the corporate sector, and are surprised by the resistance to such metrics in the world of philanthropy and “social investment.”… Read More

Donor Collaboration: Power in Numbers

Posted on September 3, 2009 by The Philanthropic Initiative

While donor collaboration is not a new concept, it has gained currency as funders seek to have an impact on ever more complex problems, while realizing that their individual giving will generally not be sufficient to make the kind of difference they desire. At the same time, our inter-connected world has created new opportunities for donors to work together… Read More

Women in Philanthropy: Transformational Leadership

Posted on June 24, 2008 by Ellen Remmer

On June 24th, 2008, TPI’s President and CEO Ellen Remmer kicked off the Women’s Philanthropy Network with an address about the power and potential of women’s philanthropy. Women, with their transformational leadership style, can achieve social change by being passionate about philanthropy as a means to self-expression, family bonding, and positive social impact. Following is a transcript of that address… Read More

On the Issue of Trust

Posted on May 31, 2004 by The Philanthropic Initiative

Philanthropy is private action in public space. In an increasingly political and media intensive world, what governance, what accountability, what transparency and what attitude is appropriate, expected, and right for charitable organizations and private foundations?… Read More