Strategic Philanthropy Essays

This essay series celebrates the spirit of innovation and exploration that is central to the foundation’s venture philanthropy approach as we seek out programs, partnerships, and solutions that level the playing field for underserved youth.

Introduction

Grantees seeking to scale their organizations, funders looking for positive models of peer collaboration, or board members hoping to build strong connections and effectively fulfill their obligations will find an essay of interest. Several of the essays focus on mentorship—our struggle to identify effective leaders and programs and an argument for a bold new approach to expanding mentorship opportunities. Strategic Inflection Point Funding provides insight into our focus on catalytic giving, strategic partnerships, and targeted problem solving. Many of the essays provide specific examples of each of these venture philanthropy funding strategies.

We do not suggest that we have concrete answers to difficult questions that all philanthropists face but, rather, this series is a glimpse into our thinking around how we approach some of these questions. We hope they will stimulate, provoke, and challenge you.