New York City-based Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has announced a three-year, $3.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch a program designed to arm emerging donors with the knowledge to become effective philanthropists.
The program will include the development of more than two dozen guides that address such key issues as donor motivations and interest areas, philanthropic approaches and strategies, family roles and personal involvement, operational questions, and impact assessment. Featuring real-life case studies, the guides will offer examples designed to provide context and inspiration and, once completed, will be available free of charge through a new donor resource section at the RPA Web site that will also feature profiles of donors, philanthropically active families, and various supporting documents, resources, and links.
In addition, RPA will provide existing philanthropic organizations, from large national associations to local groups of grantmakers and advisors, with complete access to the guides for their members.
"Giving away money can be a relatively simple process; however, giving it effectively is an entirely different matter," said RPA board chair Kevin P.A. Broderick. "Helping donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy is our sole mission and we are grateful to the Gates Foundation for providing core resources toward that goal."