Outsized Impact

A collection of stories to illustrate the power of philanthropy practiced with few or no staff

When philanthropists are at work, it is often their potential to bestow grants that draws our attention. Yet we know that many foundations, philanthropic families, and individual donors are quietly practicing a kind of philanthropy that counts money as just one resource.

These funders are achieving outsized impact—impact far beyond the size of their dollars or time—and via an entirely different kind of changemaking.

They have converted their giving from simply reviewing proposals and funding individual nonprofits to something more far-reaching and transformational.

We want to shine a light on their style of philanthropy and the mindset of their leaders. Their success shows us that money is only the beginning.

Stories From Our Member Community

Want Change? Bring Changemakers to the Table

You could say that Ann Lovell has centered her philanthropic career around collaborating and convening people. It’s the act of coming together with others—and supporting others to do the same—that ...

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Powerful Personal Connections

Amy Liebman Rapp is no stranger to loss. “As a teen, I saw firsthand how loss affects families—how the loss of one person can cause a whole family to fall ...

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Making the Early Grant, and Often the First

John Richardson never considered himself an environmentalist. Yet he spent earlier decades traveling for the United Nations, investigating some of the world’s most complex humanitarian relief operations. He has seen ...

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Small Steps Toward Big Change

Bill Young isn’t new to humanitarian work. He’s been doing it for several decades, including 14 visits to Vietnam and 16 trips to Myanmar (Burma), where he participated in projects ...

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Reclaiming Hope in Houston

In Houston, the largest city in Texas, the atrocity of human trafficking is hiding in plain sight. The Department of Justice estimates that 25% of trafficked victims pass through Houston ...

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Networks Move the Needle

If you invite Melissa Jones to a meeting, she’ll say all the things other people are afraid to say out loud. “People know I’ll rabble-rouse,” she says. Jones is an ...

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Stories From Our Partner Community

How our partner organizations are lending their expertise to help our member community achieve outsized impact

Exponent Philanthropy’s Impact Overview

At Exponent Philanthropy, we empower philanthropists to leverage their resources and amplify their impact. We celebrate the power of individual, family, and small-staffed foundation donors.

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This year, Exponent Philanthropy members gave approximately

$3.8 billion

to their local communities and
across the globe.

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2,000 members
from all 50 states

support a wide range of issues.

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With few or no staff, Exponent Philanthropy members steward assets of all sizes:

$1M to
over $50M

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Launch of a SignaturePLUS membership category featuring legal guidance from a nationally recognized firm

Sold-out CONNECT Conference
97% of participants would recommend the conference and 92% would attend again

Launch of a multiyear Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy initiative

New series of “Great Funder-Nonprofit Relationships” programs bringing together >300 funders and nonprofits in four cities, plus >300 attendees on a closing webinar

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Complete website redesign informed by feedback from members, partners, and colleagues

Overwhelming response to our first-ever Call for Sessions with 179 proposals for the 2018 National Conference from 158 individuals

Two successful peer learning cohorts, including our sold-out Next Gen Fellows Program and best-in-class Master Juggler Executive Institute

Strong local connections through Local Engagement Groups in eight cities and regions around the country

1,795 funders benefitting from our educational programs

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2,218 publications requested from our resource library

Newly negotiated discounts on human resources outsourcing, including health insurance options, payroll services, and more

Media mentions in Barron’s, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Financial Advisor, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Wall Street Journal, and dozens more

Vibrant social media presence, including 1,000+ new Twitter followers and 100+ blog posts earning >40K views