We Are In This Together: A Letter to Philanthropy

Our colleagues over at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations have a Non-Profit Advisory Council of 9 Non-Profit leaders. Together they have written this open letter to Philanthropy, which we think is really worth reading. Their ideas can help grantmakers like RSCF to think about what nonprofits really need, and how we can offer authentic and useful support to them.

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Alicia Sylvia
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