Bonnie Horrigan was the Executive Director of the Bravewell Collaborated for the final four years until the project concluded in 2015. She joins the Philanthropy Hour today to discuss her experience with this innovative group of philanthropists who managed a collective trust of funds from 20+ leading U.S. donors, all eager to have an active role in changing healthcare. She discusses her findings in the book The Bravewell Story: How a Small Community of Philanthropists Made a Big Difference in Healthcare, which highlights their key principals and successes. MORE TO SAY HERE...
Richard Woo is the CEO of the Russell Family Foundation, based in the Puget Sound region. Richard joins the Philanthropy Hour to discuss their work in tackling renewable energy efforts, water quality, environmental sustainability, and leadership development. We talk about the concepts of collective impact, responsive grantmaking, and impact investing as an effective vehicle. Richard addresses the importance of fostering strong relationships, approachability, and inclusiveness. The role of the Foundation is to be accessible to the local community, to strive for endless curiosity and lifelong learning, and support those change agents who are making a difference in the world. This is a reflection of the values of the founders, George and Jane Russell.
Vikki, President and CEO of Council on Foundations, speaks to the Philanthropy Hour on the work of the Council, how they represent all of various grantmakers across the country, and how they provide effective resources. Vikki addresses the impact and value of American philanthropy in general, as well as the importance of charitable giving. She discusses some of the emerging trends in philanthropy, and how Foundations are responding to these different charitable vehicles. And we address some of the public policy issues affecting the social sector, including the foundation excise tax and a rollover to donor advised funds. Vikki has a great understanding of the philanthropic climate, and what it will take to advocate on behalf of the sector.
Roger Nozaki of the Barr Foundation joins the show today to discuss the funding priorities of the Barr Foundation, what it means to be a community funder, and the advantages of having deep roots in the community, with strong partnerships. Roger also delves into learning and evaluation of grants for greater impact, and we explore some of the important trends taking place in philanthropy. Roger has a lot of keen insights into effective philanthropic models, how we can affect the most change.
Ann Lovell is a CPA and a philanthropist, serving as the Director of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation, the Valley Foundation in Tucson, and Women Moving Millions project. She joins the Philanthropy Hour today to speak about some of her accomplishments, namely in her work on the movement for women and girls. Ann is outspoken in her ideas of empowering women and girls, and providing them with a stronger voice. She points to some of the movements that she has been a part, from the One Billion Rising to the OpEd Project. And she talks about the importance of volunteer work, about everybody in the world getting involved and giving their time to projects they believe in. Ann brings the same level of passion and conviction to this interview as she does to everything else in life.
Jacob Harold is the President and CEO of GuideStar USA, an organization dedicated to bringing better data and more transparency to the nonprofit sector, to help donors make more informed decisions when funding their favorite charities. Jacob has also written extensively on the field of philanthropy. He helped create an open letter to the donors of America, in partnership with Charity Navigator and BBB Wise Giving Alliance, on what to look for in funding decisions. He was one of 26 organizations who helped write an open letter to Foundations on investing in infrastructure. And he does a lot of thinking on how to strengthen nonprofit agencies, and improve the social sector as a whole.
Jacob is an excellent speaker and well-informed on the issues facing the industry. This is a highly informative and engaging interview.
Craig Newmark is the well known Founder of CraigsList, although nowadays he doesn't have an active role in the company. Rather he dedicates his time to many other pursuits and interests, among them being his philanthropic activities and his support - not just financial support - for the organizations closest to his heart.
Craig joins the Philanrhopy Hour today to talk about his own values, how his giving is an extension of those values, and why you don't need to make a killing to make a difference. He has always lived his life by the motto of "sending the elevator back down." It is an important message for everyone who wants to support the organizations they are passionate about, but have never seen themselves as philanthropists because they are not millionaires or billionaires. Craig shows that it is possible for everyone to do something, and he discusses it with us on the show.
Dan Nigito has been serving the financial industry for nearly 40 years as the CEO of American Philanthropic Advisors, LLC. Today, Dan joins the Philanthropy Hour to talk about how all Americans are accidental philanthropists, which is not necessarily a good thing. We are currently at war with our wealth, and we need to do a better job of understanding how the flow of money works in order to leverage our investments, and protect our wealth. Learn how you can protect your own wealth, and become a more intentional philanthropist, not an accidental one.
Mark Kramer is the co-Founder and Managing Director of FSG, as well as the co-Founder of Center for Effective Philanthropy. He is also an accomplished speaker and author, and has published extensively on topics in philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility.
On the show, Mark discusses his theories of Collective Impact, Shared Value, and the secret to truly impactful, catalytic philanthropy. This is not about inventing new business models, or recreating systems, but about aligning our values with our intentions, and opening lines of communications. there must also be an understanding that catalytic change can ever occur without the collaboration of multiple organizations, working across sectors, with a common agenda.
Margaret Hall is the Executive Director of The Greenlight Fund, a national venture philanthropy organization, which she co-founded with John Simon in Boston. In the past 10 years, they have scaled this venture philanthropy model to five other cities, most recently in Detroit. Margaret explains the GreenLight Fund model, the inspiration for bringing venture philanthropy to the nonprofit sector, and how they are creating a more connected and integrated network of service partners.
David Greco is the head of Social Sector Partners, working to transform organizations working to achieve social impact through strategic adaptation, business model repositioning, and scaling programs.
In this interview, David talks about increasing capacity of nonprofits to serve more people sustainably, and about the flow of capital through the social sector. He argues that in order to improve the sector as a whole, we needed more capital and resources from both the private and public sectors, as well as organizations that can scale and meet the growing demands.
Melissa Berman is the President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, an organization that manages or facilitates about $200 million in giving to more than 20 countries.
On the show, Ms. Berman discusses the Theory of the Foundation framework for shaping, discussing and assessing the core beliefs and capabilities that underlie a foundation, or any giving program. This framework allows funders to look at their giving, the environments in which they operate, and their core competencies with fresh eyes and renewed commitment — potentially setting a new course and increasing impact for the social sector.
We are currently entering a golden era of philanthropy, with an increase of committed donors and philanthropists, and a wide variety of Foundations that are tackling complex social issues. Ms. Berman reveals some of the major trends in Foundations and philanthropy in general, and lays out a path for a healthier and more robust sector.
Antony Bugg-Levine is the CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit and financial intermediary that unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations. through tailored investment, strategic advice, and accessible insights. In this interview, Antony delves deeper into the outcomes-based approaches that NFF has been taking on lately, in partnership with government, private sector, and philanthropic organizations. He gives concrete examples of organizations and movements that NFF has supported through outcomes-based funding. This includes the recently announced partnership that NFF made with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to provide a knowledge campaign around supporting outcomes-based approaches.
Antony also discusses some of the bigger trends in the philanthropic sector, and how NFF is keeping pace with the constant growth and innovation. This is an insightful and illuminating conversation with one of the sector's brightest minds.
Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International, and he led SVP Seattle as the Executive Director for 17 years. He is fresh off of his recent book, 'Can't Not Do,' which is a call to action of sorts for the social sector, rich with personal stories and actionable advice.
In this interview, Paul discusses certain trends in the social sector. He talks about his experiences with Social Venture Partners, why the venture philanthropy model works, and how these ideas are manifesting themselves in different parts of the country, as well as spreading globally. As an author and frequent speaker, Paul is concerned with helping people focus on their commitment to social good, and overcoming the obstacles that stand in their way. Here he stresses getting back to the basics when it comes to philanthropy, and how we all play a part in strenghtening the social sector.
Jen Ratay is the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, or SV2, where she manages a network of more than 200 Partners and philanthropists, and helps guide their philanthropic investments to the most effective outcomes. SV2's pool of investments helps support promising nonprofits and social enterprises in the Silicon Valley community, as well as throughout the world. SV2 is on the cutting edge of a lot of philanthropic trends. They pioneered Venture Philanthropy in its earliest days. A decade and a half later, they remain committed to longer term investments and capacity building grants, while introducing additional initiatives to achieve social impact, such as impact investing. Jen has helped to guide the organization through a recent strategic planning initiative, where Partners reassessed their philanthropic practices and reaffirmed their shared values and commitment to strengthening the social sector. Jen joins the Philanthropy Hour today to discuss some of the exciting new things SV2 is working on, as well as broader trends in the philanthropic sector. Her energy and passion are infectious.
As the CEO of Mission Measurement, Jason Saul has focused relentlessly on cracking the code of measuring social impact. For as long as the social sector has existed, funders and nonprofits alike have remained in the dark when it comes to measuring real performance and impact. How do we crack create a real, mainstream economic currency for the value of social change, a sort of marketplace for social outcomes?
Today, Jason gives us a more detailed look into the metrics and algorithms that drive Mission Measurement, and why it is such a crucial component of lifting the social sector, and improving organizations. Jason and his team have worked relentless on this question, and the result has been the Impact Genome Project, a revolutionary new system that can predict social outcomes before an investment. Partnering with the same engineer that developed the Music Genome Project for Pandora, This is a comprehensive evidence-base of what works in social change.
This is truly a groundbreaking and transformational moment for the social sector. Jason Saul and his colleagues are on the forefront of this movement, and this interview is a must-listen.
Andrew Wolk is a pioneer in the social enterprise movement. He designed and taught one of the first courses on social entrepreneurship in this country. He is the founder of several social venture including Root Cause, a nonprofit consulting firm and pragmatic partner to nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and government.
In this podcast, Andrew discusses the Root Cause model, their relentless focus on impact and outcomes, and how measuring and understanding impact is of vital interest to nonprofits striving to improve lives. He also explains the use of data and evidence for driving higher performance, and why it is necessary to focus on the right data. Andrew also provides some exclusive insights into Root Cause, and how the organization is evolving with the times, and responding to the issues of our country.
Gregg Behr is the Executive Director of the Grable Foundation, based in Pittsburgh, PA, helping to advance high-quality early childhood education, improved teaching and learning in public schools, and robust out-of-school time support. In this interview, he discusses this family foundation's grantmaking practices, the importance of being very present in the community, and responsive to the community leaders, and the need to get back to the basics with respect to effective grantmaking. We also discuss the unique characteristics of the Pittsburgh community, and how philanthrophy has been a true driver of change in the city over the past few decades.
Caroline Whistler is a Co-Founder of Third Sector Capital, and leads the San Francisco Office. Third Sector serves as a trusted advisor that leads governments, high-performing nonprofits, and funders in building collaborative Pay For Success initiatives. They are shifting the paradigm of how governments contract social services. They are leveraging private capital, saving government and taxpayer dollars, and connecting performance outcomes to actual, measurable social returns.
In this interview, Caroline provides a clear and in-depth look at the Pay For Success field, what they have achieved thus far, and what can be accomplished in the future. This is a helpful primer for anyone who is trying to learn more on the PFS subject. Caroline's energy and passion about Pay for Success is infectious!
Rick Williams is the CEO of Sobrato Family Foundation, which is focused on supporting the Silicon Valley region. In his role, Rick helps lead the members of the foundation through a priority setting process and strategic planning around their philanthropic investments. Rick discusses the unique qualities of working in Silicon Valley, how they are responding to the community, and how they are trying to build a thriving nonprofit sector through innovation, impact, and partnerships. He also addresses the challenges and opportunities in alleviating poverty and creating more economoic opportunity for communities.