Catalytic Philanthropy

“Catalytic Philanthropy” was coined by Mark Kramer in an article he wrote for the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2009.  The article states that a grantor’s role in traditional philanthropy is typically limited to writing a check to a nonprofit and otherwise having a pretty much hands-off approach (besides its performance of the...

Newman’s Own Gets a New Life

Thanks to our friends at Perlman+Perlman for providing us with permission to re-publish this important post on the “Newman’s Own Exception” to the Excess Business Holdings Rule by one of its partners, Allen Bromberger, whose bio we include at the end of the post. On February 9, 2018, President...

Guidestar’s Guide to Good Practices in Foundation Operations

In June 2017, Guidestar released A Guide to Good Practices in Foundation Operations. The practices outlined cover the following areas: transparency;  due diligence; responsive communications; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Transparency Although not a guarantee of effectiveness, we believe transparency in general correlates with excellence in foundations. Which makes sense—the...