Blogs tagged with Philanthropy

  • Maura Donlan, Director, Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy
    Posted: July 11, 2017

    About the same time that the Social Impact Exchange Conference on Scaling Impact was wrapping up in New York City on June 15, Jeff Bezos was breaking the internet—or at least his tweet was. With little preliminary fanfare, Bezos took to Twitter to ask the world for ideas to inform his “philanthropy strategy” with a special emphasis on the short term—the “here and now.” Since then, Bezos has received more than 45,000 replies and counting. Not bad for a month’s worth of crowdsourcing.

    To find good ideas, Bezos could have also attended the 2017 Social Impact Exchange Conference (SIEx17). Organized in partnership with Morgan Stanley, it brought together an impressive group of social innovators, philanthropists, and financial experts to explore ways to collaboratively fund and implement scalable initiatives that ultimately lead to systems transformation. Having attended my share of gatherings over the years, I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical about learning anything new or actionable. But I was wrong.  If he had attended, Mr. Bezos would have been able to benefit from some of the most cutting-edge thinking on how to find solutions that, as he phrases it, sit at the “intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.”

  • Cynthia Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: May 6, 2014

    Zimmerman will offer a luncheon keynote address – Creating a Just Society through Movement Building – at the Exchange’s Fifth Anniversary Conference on Scaling Impact in June. In this preview, he talks with Cynthia Massarsky about what philanthropy can do to help more people in need, the key elements for successful collaboration, and the value of networks as a resource to help finance scale.

    You have said that “philanthropy offers a remarkable vehicle to combine vision and resources to further our country’s core principles of fairness and opportunity.” With so many marginalized and vulnerable people – particularly in low-income communities – what can and should philanthropy do differently to help more people in need?

  • Cynthia W. Massarsky, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: July 11, 2013

    Jim Canales is president and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation. Since his appointment in 2003, the Foundation has taken a more targeted approach in its grantmaking programs, focusing its resources in three areas – Arts, California Democracy, and Youth. In 2010, Canales was appointed to the newly created White House Council for Community Solutions. He also serves on the boards of Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the College Access Foundation of California. Cynthia Massarsky spoke with Jim after his keynote at the Social Impact Exchange Conference in June about his call to philanthropy to “step up” in the face of failure and risk.

  • Andrea M. Ducas, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Posted: June 20, 2013

    One theme that rang out loud and clear at this year’s Social Impact Exchange Conference is that philanthropists are in the business of taking risks and making bets. I know this to be true through my work at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and indeed, it’s one of the reasons I enjoy my job so much. As a sector, we have fewer restrictions on how we invest funds, and therefore have incredible potential to identify, partner with, and lift up disruptive innovators working to achieve social change.

  • Anne Sherman, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: August 13, 2012

    In her recent blog post on PhilanTopic, Lisa Philp, VP for Strategic Philanthropy at the Foundation Center, talked about the invaluable service that the Foundation Registry i3 provided her in her previous role as philanthropic advisor to emerging philanthropists seeking to support meaningful education reform efforts. Lisa’s post is a great example of how ready access to high quality data eventually led to $5mm in new pooled funds, eventually leveraging $145mm in public funding. 

    At the Social Impact Exchange, we are making a similar bet on the potential of an “online marketplace” to stimulate giving to evidence-based initiatives that seek to scale their impact.  A central premise underlying our work is that successful nonprofits cannot access the type of growth capital required to help thousands or millions of people (as opposed to dozens or hundreds).  To be clear, we don’t think all nonprofits should be in the business of scaling, but we want to help those that should.