Meet inspiring next gen donors, many who are featured in Generation Impact and learn about the organizations and causes they support.
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The Alexander Soros Foundation
Alexander Soros is the founder of The Alexander Soros Foundation, which promotes civil rights, social justice and education by making grants to cutting-edge organizations in the United States and abroad.
We campaign to change the system by exposing the economic networks behind conflict, corruption & environmental abuse.
Libraries Without Borders
Creating the innovative and open library of the 21st century, BSF is dedicated to the education and information of those who are most vulnerable.
National Domestic Workers Alliance
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. The national alliance is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations—plus our first local chapter in Atlanta—of over 20,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 36 cities and 17 states.
Constellation invests in and empowers organizations that demonstrably raise the living standards of individuals living in poverty in the Twin Cities through education, employment, health and housing.
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Lansberg Gersick & Associates
Ashley Blanchard is a next gen donor who now advises on family governance. In Generation Impact, Blanchard noted one of the common trends with next gen donors is a desire to learn together and to have philanthropy connect them to one another: “One of my roles as an advisor is to help clients figure out how to identify and explore common interests and values…part of my role as an advisor is to provide that shared learning experience.”
Building on this insight, Blanchard was featured in Family Business Magazine where she notes the impetus to discuss systemic racism often comes from next gen individuals. "Some families view these conversations as opportunities for engagement that are healthy for the family system... in families less open to candid discussion, the challenge is to frame the issue in a way that doesn't alienate people." Families with aligned purposes and values, she notes, are often better-equipped to have these conversations, especially when family leaders embrace the uncomfortable.
To read more of the article, please visit: Family Magazine.
The mission of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation is to work with low income families and communities to create a fair and just society. We believe that it is essential for people to proactively define the type of society in which they want to live and then work collectively to achieve this vision. HSF seeks to accomplish this mission by providing grants to organizations that work directly to build the power of low-income families; leveraging our and others' resources; and promoting opportunities for learning and growth.
InnerCity Struggle’s mission is to build a powerful and an influential movement of youth and families on the Eastside of Los Angeles to promote healthy, safe and nonviolent communities.
Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, it exists to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy using innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.
Caitlin Klein and Joe Malcoun
ACLU of Michigan
The ACLU of Michigan dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
University Musical Society (UMS)
Housed on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the University Musical Society (UMS) is one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, committed to connecting audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences.
Avalon Housing is a non-profit supportive housing provider based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We build supportive housing communities as a long-term solution to homelessness. We work to dismantle racist housing and social policies that oppress and marginalize people of color. We help create a world in which all our neighbors have stable homes and an opportunity to thrive.
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Tipping Point fights poverty in the Bay Area for the 1.3 million people too poor to meet their basic needs. Since 2005, Tipping Point has raised more than $150 million to educate, employ, house and support those in need in the Bay Area. Last year alone, we helped put 23,000 people on a path out of poverty.
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Emily Davis Consulting & Emily Davis Giving Fund
Emily brings her insights as a next gen donor and expert in nonprofit fundraising and board governance to talk about best practices in nonprofit leadership and bridging gaps across generational challenges. Just like in the book, Generation Impact, Davis shares a common challenge that next gen donors face when they’re treated she says, “like an ATM.” Next gen donors want to be taken seriously as capable contributors having both, “means and a brain,” and to be appreciated for “the skill and smarts that [they] bring to the table.” Building relationships with next gen donors should be a genuine two-way conversation based on trust and communication, she reminds us. Once they get close to an organization, Davis conveys, next gen donors will begin to understand the need for core operating support, learn to see from the nonprofit’s perspective and grow to be a trusted alley.
To read more of Emily’s interview, visit: Canvas Rebel.
To check out her book Fundraising and the Next Generation, click here: Amazon.
Emily Davis Consulting & Emily Davis Giving Fund
Emily Davis Consulting provides nonprofit and philanthropic consulting in the areas of board governance, catalytic giving, multigenerational issues, and nonprofit startup through training, planning, facilitation, and coaching. Emily is the author of Fundraising and the Next Generation.
Project Safeguard pursues safety and justice for victims of domestic violence through direct court support, advocacy services, and legal system reforms.
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp
Perry-Mansfield provides young people superior arts training in body, heart, and mind and to promote creativity, a sense of the close brotherhood of the arts, and the values of a way of life close to nature.
Women's Foundation of Colorado
Catalyzing community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families.
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Partovi is a next gen tech entrepreneur, investor in name-brand successes, and a donor who at 40 knew he wanted to use his resources to improve the world, especially the American education system: “What I wanted to do next was more focused on impact… my third start-up code.org [is] dedicated to the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.”
Fueled by his personal experience, Hadi explains to Sharna, “I also believe that being an immigrant has fed my entrepreneurship spirit because it is this voyage of leaving everything behind and creating a new life in an undiscovered country. You take the risk of leaving one place and then jumping with both feet into the complete unknown.”
His entrepreneurial spirit combined with his own talents led Hadi not just to be a donor but also to make code.org his life’s work and nurture others’ talents. As stated in Generation Impact: “He believes in using talent—in the form of trained teachers—as the level for systematic change in the education system. He believes in teaching the skills necessary for young people to develop the talent needed in today’s economy. And, he believes his own talent is the most valuable gift he can give, even compared to the millions of dollars he’s invested as a donor.”
Given that next gen donors yearn to engage meaningfully with the organizations they support, leveraging and valuing the ways they contribute their talents, can lead to transformational relationships between next gen donors, grantees and the philanthropic professionals with whom they work.
To read more about Partovi’s conversation with Goldseker, go to this link: Circle Mena.
Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.
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Cobscook Community Learning Center
The Cobscook Community Learning Center creates responsive educational opportunities that strengthen personal, community, and global well-being.
Cultivating Community creates and sustains greater access to healthy, local foods; empowers people to play many roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and models, teaches, and advocates for ecological food production.
Outdoors Empowered Network
The Outdoors Empowered Network aims to affect a generation by connecting youth to nature by breaking down the barriers to access—fear, expensive equipment, transportation, and trained adults to take them on immersive outdoor trips. It is a growing a network of Member Programs to share resources and amplify impact by creating opportunities for as many youth as possible to experience wilderness.
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A Better Balance
A Better Balance leverages the power of the law to ensure that no worker has to make the impossible choice between their job and their family. When all working parents and caregivers have a fair shot in the workplace, our families, our communities, and our nation are healthier and stronger.
American Ballet Theater
These are the keys to the future generations of dancers and dance aficionados. A seed that is planted. An imagination, captured. One of ABT’s main missions is to ensure that the traditions of dance and movement are sustained and carried on. Through exposure and celebration, education and training.
Woman's Project Theater
WP Theater (Formerly known as Women’s Project Theater) is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of female-identified and trans theater artists at every stage in their careers. For nearly four decades we have served as leaders at the forefront of a global movement towards gender parity, and the example we set and the artists we have fostered have grown into to a robust and thriving community of female writers and directors in theater and beyond.
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Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business
Since being featured in Generation Impact, Jenna worked at a boutique consulting firm focused on business and political strategy through a social change lens. There she realized that “every collaboration I fostered relied on making the business case for positive social impact and illuminating that market-based solutions are integral to solving our world’s greatest inequities. I also learned that those closest to the problem are often those closest to the solutions and how transformative it is to center those most affected within any decision-making process.” These insights were valuable to her when considering both philanthropic and financial investments, and she increasingly saw impact investing as an important tool. One element she focused on was diversity in the finance industry, coming to believe that it both makes business sense and is the right thing to do to increase investment with minority and women led asset management firms. She collaborated on the Diverse Asset Managers Initiative (read more below), which encourages institutional investors to increase their investments with diverse managers. Then she explored investing with a gender lens, an investment strategy to use gender-related criteria in investment decisions to advance gender equality in society.
For someone who always worked in the nonprofit field, Jenna declared her commitment to impact investing by attending business school to deepen her knowledge of the field. While Jenna went to learn, she found that her next gen perspective on the market was something investment firms were eager to learn from her. In this next chapter of her career, she’s joined an investment advisory firm to help endowments and foundations integrate impact investing into their portfolios, wanting to make sure that a foundation’s assets invested in the market support, rather than undermine, their grantmaking goals.
Read a current update on her commitment to impact investing: Duke Fuqua.
To learn more about the Diverse Asset Managers Initiative and strategies for foundations, click: Fiduciary Guide.
For a snapshot on gender lens investing written by Jenna, click here: MBA Edge.
Slingshot’s mission is to inspire the Jewish community—and grow its capacity—to innovate, focusing on the role of philanthropy in supporting that innovation. Every year, Slingshot publishes a guide of the most relevant Jewish organizations/programs from across the country. We then facilitate a giving circle of next-gen philanthropists who use the guide as the pool for eligible proposals. Lastly, we organize the only convening for both innovators and funders of Jewish innovation in one room for joint networking and learning.
New Israel Fund
NIF helps Israel live up to its founders' vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants. Our aim is to advance liberal democracy, including freedom of speech and minority rights, and to fight inequality, injustice, and extremism. NIF has been credited with creating a vibrant civil society in Israel, by providing funding and capacity building consulting to organizations across the country.
Jindas works on urban regeneration in the City of Lod, Israel. Our multi-dimensional strategy involves both improving physical space and bolstering key community support systems. We believe that responding to the needs of the communities we serve, and involving community members in all aspects of the neighborhood revitalization process, builds trust as a foundation for long term success and sustainability. Jindas' initiatives focus on five distinct but interdependent fields of action: Economic Development, Housing, Community Relations & Education, Tourism and Environment.
Diverse Asset Managers Initiative
DAMI's mission is to increase the utilization of diverse (minority and women owned) asset managers by foundation and university endowments, pension funds, and other entities with investible assets. DAMI recently published a Fiduciary Guide to provide a step by step guide to how trustees can help make this change within their institutions.
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John R. Seydel
The Foundation was created in 1990 and is committed to preventing damage to the natural systems - water, air, and land - on which all life depends.
United Nations Foundation
When disaster strikes, the world turns to one organization for hope, help, leadership, and coordination: the United Nations. When there is peace to keep between warring factions, the world asks the UN to mobilize peacekeepers, oversee elections, and create stability. In the face of challenges such as climate change, disease or poverty, the United Nations provides the platform for international cooperation.
IDEAS for Us
$1,000 Micro-Grant Solutions Fund: The IDEAS for Us Solutions Fund is a source of support for projects worldwide which create scalable solutions for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
Fleet Farming strives to reduce the environmental impact of food production through a pedal-powered, hyperlocal urban farming model that creates a culture of health and vibrant ecosystems by: teaching an intergenerational fleet of volunteers how to grow their own food, activating and re-engaging the community through biweekly Swarm Rides, and creating a breathe free and biodiverse environment through emissions-free, organic farming.
Captain Planet Foundation
Captain Planet Foundation’s programs, Project Learning Garden and Project Hero, are two of the coolest, most exciting projects that I have the pleasure of supporting and interacting with first hand and implementing through my work with the city of Atlanta.
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The ImPact is a social enterprise empowering families to make more impact investments more effectively.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.
The Japan Society
Japan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education.
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Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation
The Texas-based Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, with offices in Austin and The Woodlands, is a mission‐driven grantmaking foundation that seeks innovative, sustainable solutions for human and environmental problems. The foundation works as an engine of change in both policy and practice in Texas, supporting high-impact projects at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy.
Puente a la Salud Comunitaria
Puente a la Salud Comunitaria contributes to food sovereignty and advances the health and well-being of rural communities in Mexico by promoting the cultivation, consumption and commercialization of amaranth.
The Philanthropy Workshop
The Philanthropy Workshop inspires, transforms, and catalyzes a network of effective philanthropists as a means to a more just, sustainable, and enriching world. The Philanthropy Workshop believes that philanthropy, pursued with humility and care, is essential to our individual and collective wellbeing.
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Global Press Institute
Global Press exists to create a more just and informed world by employing local women journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world’s least-covered places.
The Accountability Lab catalyzes a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders around the world. We train, mentor, and resource local changemakers to strengthen systems of accountability and unleash positive social and economic change.
Aspen Institute Youth & Engagement Programs
Youth & Engagement Programs incubate and grow programs that work directly with young people ages 14 to 24 in urban and rural communities nationwide.
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Lisa & Douglass Goldman Fund
Established in 1992 by Lisa and Douglas Goldman, the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund is a private foundation committed to providing support for charitable organizations that enhance our society. As natives of San Francisco, the Goldmans place a high priority on projects that have an impact upon the San Francisco community. Within its grantmaking areas, the Fund strives to be responsive and flexible as well as to make informed and responsible grants to support qualified projects.
Stern Grove Festival Association
Stern Grove Festival Association's mission is to make live musical experiences accessible to all. Every year since 1938, the organization presents Stern Grove Festival, a free concert series spanning 10 consecutive weeks, in Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.
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Patrica & David Muehlke
International Justice Mission
IJM is a global organization based out of Washington, DC that fights slavery and human trafficking through three approaches: rescue and restore victims; bring criminals to justice; and strengthen justice systems. David and Patricia learned about IJM during their college years as they became aware of social justice issues through their churches and Christian fellowships. They have been financially supporting IJM ever since.
David and Patricia have spent many years working in the Washington DC area and are committed to supporting local community development. Casa Chirilagua is a stellar community-based organization in Northern Virginia. Since 2007, Casa Chirilagua has been serving the predominantly Central American Latino community in Alexandra, Virginia, providing meals, mentorship, after school/evening programs for children and youth, leadership development, and family programming.
Dog sterilization, rehabilitation, and rescue work is critical to reducing the number of stray dogs who suffer needlessly around the world. In honor of their two rescue dogs from Vietnam and Thailand (Foxie and Twinkie), Patricia and David try to support this effort wherever they are located in the world. Soi Dog Foundation is another one of the leading sterilization and rescue organizations in Thailand.
Vijay and Marie Goradia Foundation
When Sapphira Goradia began running her family’s foundation, The Vijay and Marie Goradia Foundation, she was tasked with creating a strategy, mission, and focus for the foundation. In a recent article, Goradia writes about the specific parameters her family’s foundation generated to further focus their grant-making, especially as U.S. funders supporting work in India. Goradia states: “I spent my first year at the foundation annoying my family with questions about their values, passions, and beliefs about the world…from the discussions that followed, I was able to build a funding strategy that we felt passionate about as a family and believed in strongly”. Goradia illustrates the expedition that many next-gen donors face when navigating inheriting their family’s story and legacy and that these are in fact “engines” not anchors that inform next-gen donors’ decisions today.
To read the full article, please visit: Giving Compass.
Vijay and Marie Goradia Foundation
As Executive Director, Sapphira leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve health and educational outcomes in India through the support of innovative, measurable and scalable initiatives
Project ECHO trains community health care providers. The ECHO model is not traditional “telemedicine” where the specialist assumes care of the patient, but is instead telementoring, a guided practice model where the participating clinician retains responsibility for managing the patient.
Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system.
Dasra began as a venture philanthropy fund to invest in early stage non-profit organizations in India. To achieve this impact at scale, our model has grown to facilitate collaborations between funders, non-profits, corporations and the government.
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The Maverick Collective brings together philanthropists who use their true net worth to create change. They consulted global experts, including PSI's technical teams, to identify six key health areas that offer the greatest return on investment for transforming the lives of girls and women in the developing world. Investing in these areas will help achieve several of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited
Valaida’s exhibition, “The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited" (TSOP) presenting stories of generosity among Americans of African descent. Fullwood states, “traditional philanthropy does not account for the many informal giving pathways in which African-American communities participate and tends to overlook people of color in traditional giving spaces.” Fullwood represents the eagerness of next-gen donors to systematically change philanthropy and disrupt the “traditional” giving strategies, in turn bolstering donors’ capacity to give more and wiser. This idea was made manifest when Fullwood became a leader and founding member of the New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP), a giving circle that taps its members’ time, talent, treasure, and ties to contribute grantmaking and civic engagement in their local community.
See how they’re observing BPM, celebrating Black giving, and advocating for racial funding equity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg by visiting their site here: New Philanthropists.
New Generation of African American Philanthropists
A giving circle that gives back.
Black Philanthropy Month
Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August, is a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate African-descent giving. BPM has reached roughly 17 million people and become an increasingly year-round, diasporic initiative that illuminates the ingenuity and transformative impact of generosity in Black communities.
The Soul of Philanthropy
Centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs about giving, though rarely acknowledged as “philanthropy” in Black communities, have long been an integral and transformational force in lives and communities throughout American society. Groundbreaking in focus and depth, Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited presents stories of generosity among Americans of African descent.
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Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums
Rogers discovered the significance of philanthropy through familial encouragement and early exposure to volunteerism while teaching art in an after-school program. Since then, Rogers’s passion for the arts was catalyzed and she discussed her artistic explorations in a recent spotlight in ArtNet News. Given her commitment to building and making art institutions more equitable spaces of cultural engagement, Rogers became the co-chair of the Brooklyn Museum’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee, serves on the Executive Committee of Creative Time, and more recently co-founded and co-chairs the Black Trustee Alliance (BTA) for Art Museums—all while studying for an MBA and now an MFA in industrial and civic service design at Parsons.
As part of BTA’s mission to increase the inclusion of Black perspectives in the art world, Rogers, who also serves on BTA’s Executive Committee, helped produce a recent report called Cultural Capital: The State of Museums and Their Investing, along with Upstart Co-Lab and the Association of Art Museum Directors. The report found that “86% of next-gen art collectors rank social impact and purpose-led investment as the highest motivation when buying art. This outlook is guiding next gen’s donations to nonprofit institutions that share their commitment to impact investing.”
You can read more of the report here: Cultural Capital: The State of Museums and Their Investing.
Creative Time is a public arts organization that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
The Brooklyn Museum of Art’s mission is to create inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities. They believe that great art and courageous conversations are catalysts for a more connected, civic, and empathetic world.
We wish to thank those committed funders whose support helped make this book possible:
Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, Frieda C. Fox Foundation, Frey Foundation, Grand Valley State University, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Shelley & Sheldon Goldseker, Tarsadia Foundation and Tecovas Foundation.