Summit Blog

Two years after the first social bond in philanthropy, we must build on our progress

July 29, 2022 · Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President of Programs, Ford Foundation

Two years ago this month, the non-profit and civil society sectors were in crisis. Covid-19 ravaged communities across the globe—threatening already shaky infrastructures in every sector and pushing us all to the point of collapse. Nonprofits struggled to keep their doors open, even as demand for their services skyrocketed. Inequality—metastasized...

First Principles 2022: An evolution and a new beginning.

June 30, 2022 · Roy Bahat

This month, we hosted the fourth annual First Principles Forum, back in person after two years of virtual gatherings. What began as an experiment – a group of tech leaders with a shared goal of getting better at giving, convening – has now become an established community, poised to make...

We spend a lot of energy on monitoring financial returns. It’s time we do the same for impact.

April 29, 2022 · Katy Knight, Executive Director at Siegel Family Endowment

Despite the economic uncertainty that’s resulted from COVID-19, the past two years have seen an explosion of impact investment in social profit organizations and sectors. In fact, interest in these investments soared to new peaks during the pandemic, with assets in sustainable funds coming in at a record $357 billion...

The Case for a Year of Care: Shifting the Leadership Transition Narrative

March 31, 2022 · Sara Fenske Bahat and Renuka Kher

Too often, leadership changes and moments of transition bend an organization’s response toward fear and uncertainty. For staff and partnering communities, particularly those closest to the pains of structural racism, xenophobia, discrimination, and inequality, the stakes are even higher. Economic inequities undergird the arts and our workforce, amplifying legitimate concerns and fears....

Philanthropy for the Future: Civic Science, Data Sharing, and Community Voice

February 24, 2022 · Elizabeth Christopherson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rita Allen Foundation

Rapid technological and scientific breakthroughs have made extraordinary advances, but as we’ve seen with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, not all solutions work for all communities, where priorities, beliefs, expertise, and resources vary widely. As philanthropy seeks the most effective levers to drive social innovation, evidence and experience point...

The New Map of Life

January 31, 2022 · Carol Larson, Laura Carstensen, David Hsu

Human life expectancy nearly doubled in the US and many other high income countries in the 20th century.  This is one of the most remarkable achievements in human history. This increase in the odds of surviving to old age, coupled with a decline in fertility, led to a profound shift in...

The case for global mental strength

December 9, 2021 · Natasha Mueller

For many families, friends and colleagues around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the conversation around mental health. Awareness has risen, stigma reduced and expectations, particularly around employee health, are rapidly changing. This in itself is extraordinary progress – a quick and quiet revolution – that is worth...

Reflections from the 2021 Philanthropy Innovation Summit

October 28, 2021 · Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

“I choose and believe in light and love. I know you do too. But it is not enough just to hope for it. It is not enough to wish for justice. It is not enough to hope that people will do right. If we value it, we must stand for...

Multiplication Factor: University Partnerships for Global Sustainability

September 27, 2021 · Akiko Yamazaki

What will the world look like when our children have their own children? When Jerry and I think about our philanthropy, this is top of mind for us.  This summer, parts of the world were underwater even as others burned. The laws of atmospheric physics explain the increasing frequency and...

20 Years After 9/11: Commemorating History and Building for the Future

August 31, 2021 · Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th Mayor of New York City

This month, as we mark 20 years since the attacks of 9/11, I’ll join New Yorkers and people from around the world in listening to the reading of the names at the World Trade Center. The ceremony helps fulfill our obligation to honor the lives of those who were killed...