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Highlighting the “Why?” of Donor Intent

My father was an entrepreneur who in the 1980s created a small family foundation to which he named my three siblings and me the successor trustees. Although we knew about the foundation and he had occasionally spoken to us about our possible involvement, we had not worked together in philanthropy.  Twenty-five years ago, I was […]


Community Leadership for Deeper Impact

With challenges increasing for communities, it’s exciting to see the ways in which community foundations express their leadership. I had the opportunity in early May to witness and be part of work the Santa Barbara Foundation is doing. The foundation has a long history of supporting the community but they are exploring new roles that […]


Grantmakers Without Borders Conference

An inspiring international grantmaking conference, but…  At their best, philanthropy conferences are excellent opportunities for great networking, hearing thoughtful speakers and being inspired by exciting practitioners. The Grantmakers Without Borders conference in San Francisco June 7 – 9 was an outstanding example. The variety of perspectives on international grantmaking with a social justice perspective was […]


Research on Microfinance

Monday evening New England International Donors co-hosted an event for its network with Tufts University. Our moderator was Dr. Peter Walker, the Director of the Feinstein International Center, and our two panelists were researchers on microfinance Rachel Glennerster from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT and Kim Wilson from the Fletcher Graduate […]

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