We at the Potts Family Foundation in Oklahoma feel our most important role is not as a funder but as an advocate, convener, and catalyst. Foundations—including those with few staff like ours—have ...
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.
The Fine Fund is a small trustee-run foundation with two very part-time staff, created in 1997 to support organizations using complementary strategies to eliminate toxic chemicals from humans and the ecosystem. ...
The Union Benevolent Association (UBA) was founded in 1831 to assist the suffering poor of Philadelphia during an unusually harsh winter. It offered money, medicine, food, clothing, and counseling to ...
The Patterson Foundation of Sarasota, FL, believes in the power of partnerships to achieve greater results. It uses a unique model to collaborate with and support successful programs, leveraging existing ...
Before Al Gore and filmmaker David Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth popularized the term “global warming,” Diana Barrett, president and founder of The Fledgling Fund, was already focused on visual storytelling ...
At the Bigglesworth Family Foundation in San Francisco, legal services have been a passion and priority since day one. “Legal services provide the best tool to reduce poverty, and everyone ...
This year, Exponent Philanthropy members gave approximately
to their local communities and
across the globe.
from all 50 states
support a wide range of issues.
With few or no staff, Exponent Philanthropy members steward assets of all sizes: