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Are You Taking the Long View?

Failing to plan is planning to fail.  Undoubtedly you’ve heard that quote before and it’s certainly something that many foundations have in mind when thinking about the future. On the other hand, the strategic plan has received quite a bit of abuse recently, influenced in part by the Monitor Institute’s article, The Strategic Plan is […]


Launching a Guide, Growing a Field

This is very cool.   At the Council on Foundations Community Foundations conference three years ago, GPS Capital Partners and TPI invited interested community foundations to come together for a conversation about what their foundations might do in response to the growing “buzz” in impact investing.  Our two organizations believed that community foundations could play […]


Teaching philanthropy – yes, it works!

I’ve always said that when it comes to influencing your children to be charitable, it’s not what you say, it’s what you do.  Guess what, I was wrong. Hot off the presses, the latest Women Give 2013 research on charitable giving by girls and boys has some interesting and surprising findings.  It found that children […]

Filed under: Family Philanthropy


Global Lessons Learned

TPI has always been committed to deepening the understanding and practice of philanthropy around the world.  We have been privileged to work with colleagues in countries including Brazil, China, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines and Spain, who seek to deepen and grow philanthropy and want to build on lessons learned elsewhere. We’ve […]


Flying Under the Radar in Iowa: Giving Incentives that Work

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Iowa for the last nine years through some Annie E. Casey Foundation work and some strategy planning with the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation. They are doing some really smart, creative and important work out there and the city looks stunning with lots of great public art, a scenic […]

Filed under: Strategic Philanthropy


Who’s driving that river of money?

The great news is out – 2012 giving was saved at the finish line.  In recent articles around the country, we heard that Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund saw gifts to charitable accounts jump 24 percent to $3.6 billion in 2012 and The Boston Foundation’s Paul Grogan called it “a river of money” in December when […]


Moving Towards Strategic Family Philanthropy

This is the second post in a series by Ellen Remmer on strategic family philanthropy. Read her first post, Strategic Family Philanthropy – an Oxymoron? I’m a big believer in strategic philanthropy; again stemming from my own experience moving from checkbook giving to thoughtful, focused strategic philanthropy, but also because I’m an unabashed idealist who […]


Strategic Family Philanthropy – an Oxymoron?

I have a confession.  I’m a prosetelyzer and I’m an evangelist…for strategic family philanthropy.  I caught the bug when my own family discovered the joys of working together on our family foundation, and it’s become a calling in life.  I’ve spent the last 20 years of my professional life evangelizing: working with families who are […]


Remember Social Capital?

It’s back. Suddenly I am seeing social capital everywhere and thinking a lot about how philanthropy can cultivate or kill it. I first noticed it at Associated Grantmakers’ Annual Meeting a few weeks ago, where the featured speaker was Thomas Sander, Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government […]



I am pleased to announce that TPI is about to embark on a search for a new Managing Partner. In January, we were thrilled to announce our merger with the Boston Foundation, a partnership that presented many opportunities for TPI and for myself.  Prior to the merger, I was interested in moving out of management […]

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