The Ethical Argument for General Operating Funds

Hi everyone. Before we begin, thank you to all the colleagues who donated to my organization on my birthday last week. It helps our mission of developing more leaders of color and strengthening organizations led by communities of color. If you haven’t donated, it’s not too late

This blog post is going to be a little more serious than usual. I’m going to say things that may be very difficult for many people to hear. Especially if you work for a foundation that provides restricted funding, please take a deep breath. I don’t expect everyone to agree, but we need to have this conversation. Next week’s post will be lighter. Unless something else comes up.

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Nonprofit AF
Announcing the Sterling NYC Network

THE ROBERT STERLING CLARK FOUNDATION CONVENES LEADERS TO TAKE INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO ADVANCING ECONOMIC MOBILITY IN NEW YORK CITY 

 (ROBERT STERLING CLARK FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NETWORK OF CROSS-SECTOR LEADERS TO ADVANCE ECONOMIC MOBILITY IN NEW YORK CITY)

City leaders across nonprofit, government, and business sectors join forces to make systems impact 

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Lisa Pilar Cowan
Whitman Institute Profiles Phil Li

Since his appointment as president a year and a half ago, Phil Li of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation has taken dramatic steps toward embodying trust-based philanthropy, including getting rid of lengthy reporting requirements and shifting toward multi-year unrestricted support. As part of The Whitman Institute’s ongoing series featuring funders embodying trust-based philanthropy, we sat down with him to get the scoop:

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The Whitman Institute
A New Chapter for The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation has undergone a generational change in leadership with the retirement of Margaret C. Ayers after thirty-eight years of service and the arrival last year of Phil Li, our new president.   The foundation’s transition has provided a welcome interlude for the Board. We have reflected on our programs and, in doing so, have thought about the nature of leadership in a foundation and, more broadly, leadership within the nonprofit and governmental sectors, especially in New York City. 

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James Allen Smith