Session Description: Individual Donors Practicing Unconstrained Philanthropy
Many of the most well known, active participants in the social capital markets are institutions. But individual donors have fewer institutional constraints and can bear more social risk. These types of donors can make decisions faster, are able to act on less popular/overlooked areas that nevertheless promise big impact, and find it easier to forge collaborations. Join three individual donors who are doing cutting edge work in the social capital markets without the help of a large staff.
- Katherina Rosqueta, The Center for High Impact Philanthropy
- Dave Peery, The Peery Foundation
- Jerry Hirsch, The Lodestar Foundation
- Liz Alderman, The Peter C. Alderman Foundation
One of the reasons that I so enjoy working with individual and family philanthropists is that they tend to ignore the many self-imposed constraints that many large, staffed foundations seem to face. Unconstrained by the caution “culture” of much of institutional philanthropy, these donors are able to simply choose to operate on the leading edge.
This session will have a storytelling format. Katherina Rosequeta of The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, will play interviewer to three outstanding individuals who have chosen to doing things different.
Dave Peery, who manages his family’s philanthropy will talk about how his two person shop has ended up being featured in the Monitor Institute’s report on cutting edge practices for their efforts to do live strategic planning on Twitter, co-fund alongside groups like the Skoll Foundation and use video to help their grantees.
Jerry Hirsch, will discuss why he created the Collaboration Prize and became the biggest game in town for nonprofits seeking to merge or collaborate with others. While many funders wish that nonprofits would collaborate, Jerry actually focuses on funding effective and efficient use of resources without regard to issue area.
Liz Alderman will talk about how she and her husband Steve became “accidental philanthropists” when the death of their son Peter on 9/11 thrust them into a passionate effort to help people around the world recover from the mental health effects of being exposed to extreme violence.
You can get a sneak preview of Liz’s story in this video produce about her and Steve when they won the Purpose Prize.
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