2017 • 1 year
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the world's largest philanthropic service organizations and serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 40 projects, providing governance, management and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes.
This project will examine and contrast how established foundations, emerging foundations, and new donors plan and execute their work, build and staff their leadership teams, and collaborate with each other. RPA will convene discussions with foundation executives drawn from the organizations funding this project, and publish key findings on its web site, as well as via leading publications in the sector.
2017 • 2 years
The Fund for Shared Insight ("the Fund") is a donor collaborative housed at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors working to improve the practice of philanthropy by developing and promoting better communications between foundations, non-profits, and the organizations and individuals that non-profits and foundations seek to help. Launched formally in July, 2014, as a collaboration among six funders, the Fund emerged from a belief that foundations will be more effective and make a bigger difference in the world if they are more open – if they share what they learn and are open to what others want to share with them, particularly feedback from beneficiaries and constituents. Since its launch the Fund has since grown considerably, adding five major funders, and establishing itself as a well-respected project that is visible to the community of funders that support philanthropic infrastructure.
2016 • 1 year • Impact Investments
Upstart Co-Lab, a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is conducting a study assessing demand for investment capital to support practicing artists, arts organizations and social enterprises focused on art, culture, design, entertainment, media and innovation. Upstart Co-Lab is a newly-created collaboration connecting artists, impact investors and others to create opportunities for practicing artists and social enterprises focused on the arts and related fields. The study will inform the rollout of a new vehicle for investing in the arts and related fields: the Note for Creative Places & Businesses Investment (the “Note”), which will be issued by Calvert Foundation. Grant funds will cover professional fees, travel costs and other expenses.
2016 • 1 year
Fund for Shared Insight (Shared Insight) is a collaborative effort among funders that pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy, specifically with respect to evaluation, learning, and openness. Launched formally in July, 2014, the Fund for Shared Insight emerged from a belief that foundations will be more effective and a bigger difference in the world if they are more open – if they share what they learn and are open to what others want to share with them, particularly feedback from beneficiaries. This award will support the Fund’s management, convenings, publications, evaluations, and other activities; it is one of a new series of awards intended to strengthen the practice of evaluation in philanthropy.
2016 • 3 years • Climate Solutions
Climate Nexus, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, helps local, national, and international media recognize climate science and clean energy’s role in addressing climate change. This is accomplished by building a broad network of influential, persuasive messengers, and creating a clear, compelling narrative about climate change and ways to address its impacts. Climate Nexus' mission is to bring the latest science findings explicitly into the media and political worlds in an informative, nonpartisan way to buttress the discussions around climate and energy. This grant will help ensure that Climate Nexus has the range of communications capabilities necessary to inform, in a timely and effective manner, policymakers, the media and the general public about climate change.
2014 • 1 year • Strengthening American Democracy
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is a nonprofit organization that manages more than $280 million in annual giving. This grant will support the National Purpose Initiative, a multi-year effort to help revitalize American democracy by creating a sense of shared purpose and collective responsibility in the U.S. It will combine public consultation conducted in person and online with a parallel but integrated effort by issue experts, policy analysts, scholars, and thought leaders to develop new approaches to issues such as economic inequality, political polarization, education, energy, and government debt.
2014 • 1 year • Impact Investments
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is the fiscal sponsor for the U.S. National Advisory Board to the global Social Impact Investing Task Force, whose mission is to identify and promote policies regarding impact investing that enable it to contribute more fully to economic growth and large-scale solutions to pressing social issues, including poverty, climate change, and education; and to inform the Task Force’s findings and recommendations. Combined with funding from other major foundations, this grant supports all core U.S. National Advisory Board activities, including public education about policy improvements that could galvanize and expand impact investing in the United States.
2013 • 1 year
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is a nonprofit organization that manages more than $280 million in annual giving. This grant will support an inquiry into foundation management practices, and develop conceptual theories that can guide donors and foundation leaders in making management decisions.
2013 • 3 years • Impact Investments
This grant provides three years of general operating support to the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a worldwide network of foundations and financial institutions launched in 2009 to support the growth and success of impact investing. Through peer-to-peer learning, research, public education and the management of a global online directory of impact investing funds and vehicles, GIIN seeks to enhance the ability of impact investors to address major social and environmental development challenges. The grant will be used to help expand all of GIIN’s programs, with a special focus on improving the organization’s communications and technology platforms.