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Adaptive Philanthropy: How to Flex Without Losing Focus

By Alison Powell How to walk the tightrope between adapting to feedback and input, and also remaining focused on your goal? Last fall, my organization, The Bridgespan Group, partnered with the Stanford Social Innovation Review to publish a webinar, video and blog series focused on this very topic. We interviewed and curated blogs by two […]

Compensating for Your Philanthropic Blind Spots

For those who may have missed one of her viral tweets, Vivienne Harr is the new face of the movement to end child slavery. Vivienne has raised more than $100,000 — so far — to eradicate child slavery by selling lemonade. (She’s pictured here ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate Twitter’s initial […]

Are You Leaving Your Mark?

As a female business woman and giver at heart, I started small when it came to philanthropic work. I was first asked to be Class agent of my 1996 boarding school class at The Gunnery School in Connecticut not too long after graduation, which simply meant to call my classmates and ask for donations to […]

How I Figured Out That Enough is Truly Enough

For the first 12 years of my career as a financial advisor, I focused on numbers. I calculated rates of return and portfolio growth and kept my eye on the bottom line. That’s how I treated the rest of my life, too. I went back to full-time work after my daughter was born, and I […]