Most private foundation donors restrict their support to one or perhaps a few select causes that engage their passion. Not Diana Barrett. As President and Founder of The Fledgling Fund, Diana tackles a broad swath of challenges by inspiring social action through storytelling.
Impact investing, harnessing the foundation’s endowment capital to drive its goals and mission, is having a moment. Hailed as “the next generation of innovation in philanthropic impact” by The Ford Foundation, impact investing represents a brand new approach for some philanthropists. But for Kristin Hull, impact investing has been the warp and woof of her foundation right from the start.
It isn’t easy to get Carrie Morgridge on the phone for more than a few minutes at a time because the Denver-based philanthropist is rarely in one place for very long. Carrie and her husband John recently biked from Canada to Mexico in 46 days, a life-altering journey they documented in a new book, The Spirit of the Trail (available through Amazon). But compared to the miles she logs in pursuit of her philanthropy, that 2,774 mile-long bike ride seems like a brief pedal around the block.
The Edwards Mother Earth Foundation (EMEF) of Washington State, founded in 1997 by Robert L. Edwards, didn’t start out with a clear directive to fight climate change through energy efficiency. In fact, the foundation had only a vague mission of supporting “the sustainability of life on the planet.” Read about their inspiring journey.
If a traditional foundation is an orchestra, then The EACH Foundation of San Francisco, California is the Kronos Quartet—a boldly experimental group where traditional rules simply don’t apply.
Halting the Epidemic of Veteran Suicides: A public service announcement funded by The Wolf Family Foundation aims to save lives by preventing suicide by veterans.
As a self-described “cultural activist,” Maria says that her challenge, and the mission of the John & Helen Timo Foundation, is to promote and support Carpatho-Rusyn culture as a living, vibrant, and evolving entity.
Cindy has dedicated her foundation—and her life’s work—to saving animals and ending animal cruelty. Although she’s a resident of Colorado, her foundation is active across the country. Whether she’s saving wild mustangs in Nevada or shelter dogs in Connecticut, she tackles ambitious goals with unflagging generosity and energy.
Broadcom Foundation takes an innovative approach, supporting both graduate-level research and middle school engagement through its signature program, Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars), the premier international middle school science and engineering fair competition.
In a recent Huffington Post blog, playwright Richard Abrons, president of The Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, echoed the sentiment of an unnamed philanthropist saying, “I would rather reduce pain than spread joy.” It’s the kind of statement you would expect to hear from a pragmatist, someone who is extremely rational about his own capacity to affect change, yet persistent in the pursuit of giving. That’s Richard.