Strategic Philanthropy

Five Approaches to Making a Difference

As the strategic advisor to nearly 2,000 foundations, Foundation Source has witnessed the remarkable diversity of resources, personalities, interests, and influences that our clients bring to their philanthropy.

Although our clients come from many different backgrounds and perspectives, they share a common belief in the transformative power of intelligent giving. In their efforts to drive change, we have observed that our clients typically adopt one of five approaches:

This booklet examines these five approaches, as well as their respective advantages and disadvantages. Is one approach to giving better than another? We think not. Each can be “strategic” depending on your aims. Ultimately, the success or failure of each approach depends on whether it’s the right fit for you.

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