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Strategic Philanthropy and Its Discontents

Strategic philanthropy is a much-maligned practice that continues to have a great degree of power for today’s philanthropists.

By Paul Brest | 3 | Apr. 27, 2015

Rethinking How Students Succeed

A wave of noncognitive skill initiatives holds promise for making teachers more effective and students more successful. Includes a new response from Raikes Foundation Co-founders Jeff and Tricia Raikes.


Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World

Foundations need to adopt a more emergent approach to strategic philanthropy.


Making Conservation Finance Investable

Conservation finance is an undeveloped investment opportunity that offers the potential to conserve vital ecosystems while also providing a financial return.

By Fabian Huwyler, Juerg Kaeppeli, Katharina Serafimova, Eric Swanson, & John Tobin | Jan. 21, 2014

Unpacking the Impact in Impact Investing

A longer version of "When Can Impact Investing Create Real Impact?" from the Fall 2013 Up for Debate feature.

By Paul Brest & Kelly Born | Aug. 14, 2013

When Can Impact Investing Create Real Impact?

It is possible for impact investors to achieve social impact along with market rate returns, but it's not easy to do.