TGL Features

Moving the Market: The Ford Foundation’s Mission Investments Program is Showing the Power of the Double Bottom Line  

Christine Looney, Deputy Director of Ford Foundation's massive program-related investment portfolio. The American tax code favors the generous by offering significant financial benefit to those that give to charity. On the very tip of the curve are individuals or families whose living gifts and bequests grow into mighty charitable foundations.  Individuals like Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, who created the Ford Foundation with an initial endowment of $25,000. An infusion of $250,000 in Ford stock that came upon Henry and Edsel’s deaths in the 1940s and steady financial stewardship since has grown the Ford Foundation endowment to $16 billion – [...more...]

Lisa Greer’s Message to Philanthropy: Revolutionize

Lisa Greer While she had built a successful career, Lisa Greer wasn’t born into wealth. But when her husband Josh’s company, RealD, IPOed in 2010, she was instantaneously vaulted into the 1%.  With the money came an opportunity for Greer to give back, and in seven figure increments. But like others whose lives are transformed by a “wealth event” of the magnitude she experienced, giving to worthwhile nonprofits brought a whole new world to navigate, and, of course, an onslaught of fundraisers. In her first book, Philanthropy Revolution, the Southern California native offers donors and nonprofit professionals an unfiltered window [...more...]

Philanthropy Made Big Changes. Will They Stick?

Pandemic. Political and economic instability. A generational reckoning with racism. In the wake of the double blow of COVID-19 and the racial justice movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd, philanthropy here in the San Francisco Bay Area has changed the way it operates, sometimes dramatically. In many cases institutional and individual donors gave more than they had in the  past to meet the historic needs. Foundations reconsidered the restrictions they put on grant recipients. And in response to the enormity of the moment, all corners of the social sector – nonprofit, public, and philanthropic – collaborated in new [...more...]