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Forbes, 9 March 2012

March 11th, 2012

Richard Marker


Rahim Kanani, Contributor
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Philanthropy Expert Richard Marker on What Every Donor Needs to Know

In a recent interview with Richard Marker of NYU’s Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education, we discussed lessons that every funder must internalize, challenges and opportunities facing today’s donor community, and much more.

Richard Marker is co-principal of Wise Philanthropy™, a firm that includes: Marker Goldsmith Philanthropy AdvisorsThe Wise Philanthropy Institute, and Green Strides Consulting.

Richard Marker, an internationally known expert on philanthropy is the Founder of NYU’s Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education. The Academy is the oldest and most comprehensive university program teaching funders and philanthropists in the United States. In February 2007, he was recognized with the NYU Excellence in Teaching Award.

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How Philanthropy Taught Me to Embrace Failure – A Precondition to Success

November 27th, 2011

Richard Marker

Typically, I find that I, as with many of my colleagues who write about philanthropy, extrapolate from personal experience to develop insights into good grantmaking strategies, ethics, and impact. This time, however, the reverse is true: after years of grantmaking, and teaching about grantmaking, I have learned very important things about myself.

The issue: the value of failure.
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You’ve Met One Foundation: Thoughts on eleven years of funder education

July 14th, 2011

Richard Marker

When I entered this field as a professional, as head of a no-longer-standing foundation, I approached many of my colleagues – to find mentors, and those who could share insights on how to do this work, there was one line I heard so often, it seemed to be a professional mantra: You’ve met one foundation, you’ve met one foundation.

Of course, I began to understand, I was now in a field which had no commonly accepted standards, and had an ethos which indulged the individuality of the primary funder or the personality of a given foundation. Was it because of a deep-seated arrogance, a competitive instinct, or unawareness that there are in fact things all funders should know? I came to the conclusion that it was a combination of all three – in different proportions depending on the foundation. Collegiality, to the degree it existed, was largely cosmetic.
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Do you want to work in a foundation?

May 31st, 2011

Richard Marker

This year marks the 11th year of my teaching philanthropists and foundation professionals at NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and the 10th since the development of the program now called the NYU Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education. This posting is one of a series of reflections on a decade of teaching funders at the USA’s oldest and most comprehensive university program of its kind.

The very first course I taught was one of the first three offered by the Center for Philanthropy, and was intended to introduce fundraisers to the other side of the table. It was entitled “Do you want to work in a foundation?” At the time I was still heading a now closed foundation and in fact was able to host the entire course at the offices of the foundation.

Much to the surprise of the new NYU Center, a large percentage of the attendees were already working in a foundation and were anxious to build a knowledge base. In subsequent articles and postings, I will expand on what we teach, why, how it has developed over the past decade, and more. However, here, I would like to return to that very first question.
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