Strategic Philanthropy

Five Approaches for Making a Difference

2007, 16 pages, Foundation Source Press, 55 Walls Dr, Fairfield, CT, 06824, 800-839-0054

Foundation Source is a strategic advisor to over 500 family foundations. In this capacity, it has helped its clients identify and work toward a wide variety of goals. This booklet presents case studies of foundations assuming the following roles:

  • Checkbook philanthropists who provide critical unrestricted support.
  • Responsive funders who actively solicit proposals in their areas of interest.
  • Venture philanthropists who strengthen nonprofits for scale-up and sustainability.
  • Results-based philanthropists who narrow their focus to address root causes.
  • Collaborative funders who partner with others to reduce redundancy and share knowledge.


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