Blogs tagged with Foundation funding

  • Social Impact Exchange staff
    Posted: December 30, 2013

    This is the second installment of the Exchange's essay series representing reflections from 13 of the more than 400 participants at the Social Impact Exchange's 2013 Conference on Scaling Impact.

    Essayists share their comments about the conference sessions and overarching theme of creating a system of cross-sector collaboration among philanthropy, government, and business. Together, the authors weave a story that speaks to accelerating progress on scaling-up social solutions that work. 

  • Ashley May, The Philanthropy Roundtable
    Posted: June 19, 2013

    To open the annual Social Impact Exchange Conference on Tuesday in New York City, Kresge Foundation president Rip Rapson outlined the vision of the Foundation, its ambitions for Detroit, and the opportunities he sees for funders to act creatively in the face of large social problems. One unintended consequence: he suggested that foundations hire more MBAs. Why?

    Innovative financial instruments and public-private collaborations sound well and good. But they are tricky to understand and require a different skill set than traditional grantmaking. Sophisticated financial prowess doesn’t grow overnight, and philanthropy can learn from senior investment professionals, even perhaps hire them.