The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Greater Good: Lessons from Those Who Have Started Major Grantmaking Organizations

Posted on May 14, 2019

With more than 30,000 new private foundations established in the U.S. in the past 20 years, it is vital that early-stage grantmakers learn from the wisdom of those who have gone before them so they can avoid common mistakes and position their grantmaking organizations for success.

That’s why the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is releasing a new resource today that offers guidance for early-stage grantmakers getting their organizations off the ground.

Based on interviews with leaders of 14 grantmaking organizations that were established, or that experienced significant growth, in the past 20 years and that hold at least $350 million in assets, Greater Good: Lessons from Those Who Have Started Major Grantmaking Organizations distills insights for a new wave of philanthropic leaders seeking to build thriving grantmaking organizations.

This research was supported by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, which marks its 10th year of grantmaking this year.

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