Watch Ascend Partners Group, LLC’s Dr. Paul Lanning as he reports late last month on the progress and growth of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation in a presentation the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Trustees. Accompanying his report is the announcement by Foundation Executive Director Linda Greenberg Gross of a new $500,000 gift […]
TIME Magazine journalist Dan Kadlec discusses a new book by Stuart Friedman, and offers his own well-reasoned solutions for what ails philanthropy. While we look forward to reading Friedman’s take, we absolutely agree with Kadlec’s three-point plan… Philanthropists of the world, you’re doing it wrong! A new book takes issue with those who give for […]
Last month I attended a Jackson Browne concert in Santa Monica. As great as Jackson Browne is, that may not sound remarkable on its face, even when I add that another 1970s icon, Gary Wright, was also on the bill, and the “house band,” Venice, is a highly accomplished group with numerous albums and world tours to their credit. […]
I was honored to serve as a keynote speaker at the California Consortium of Education Foundations annual conference at Stanford University last month. Attendees included representatives from school districts and foundations all over Northern and Central California (a similar gathering for Southern California was held a week prior in Anaheim).
The New York Times recently ran an interesting piece on the growth in philanthropic giving among Asian-Americans in the United States. It’s certainly a trend that bears not only watching, but active understanding, among those in the fundraising profession. This newly-minted center of wealth is also becoming a center of power in philanthropic circles. The […]