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SDG Philanthropy Platform featured in Alliance Magazine

December 2nd, 2015

The special feature of the December issue of Alliance magazine focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals and was guest edited by RPA VP Heather Grady. For more on RPA’s work with the SDG Philanthropy Platform, visit

RPA and Bankable Frontier Associates Launch Catalyst Fund to Accelerate Promising Startups and Spur Innovation in the Financial Inclusion Field

December 1st, 2015

Contact: Mariko Tada | 212 812 4255 | David del Ser | 845 418 3764 | NEW YORK, NY– Entrepreneurs launching new financial services targeting the two billion poor and underserved customers around the world now have more resources available, thanks to Catalyst Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors managed by […]

RPA October 2015 Newsletter

October 29th, 2015

Check out RPA’s October Newsletter to learn more about the Syrian Refugee Crisis, ArtPlace America’s new grant program and other recent news. Email to subscribe to future newsletters.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: How Donors Can Help

October 27th, 2015

The ongoing violence in Syria has displaced millions, creating a complex international crisis. For donors wondering how they can help, below are some recommendations offered by Donzie Barroso, Senior Philanthropic Advisor. RPA has received several requests from donors for information about how to respond to both the evolving crisis within Syria, as well as the […]

President Obama Highlights ArtPlace America’s New Grant Program

October 27th, 2015

President Obama recently helped ArtPlace America, a sponsored project of RPA, announce its newest program – the Community Development Investments (CDI). The announcement took place on the occasion of the President’s visit to Alaska where he highlighted federal initiatives that feature collaboration with Alaska Natives. The Community Development Investments is a one-time grant program offering […]

Upcoming Event: Theory of the Foundation discussion at Philanthropy New York on Oct. 20

October 15th, 2015

We know that foundations are about more than their financial capacity. But, how do we frame the full scope of what a foundation is and does? To address this question, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors launched the “Theory of the Foundation” initiative, inspired by Peter Drucker’s famed article, The Theory of the Business. Join Melissa Berman, President […]

Philanthropy Engaged: Implementing and Achieving the Post-2015 Agenda

September 22nd, 2015

On the eve of the historic UN Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the United Nations Development Program, and Foundation Center are hosting the convening Philanthropy Engaged: Implementing and Achieving the Post-2015 Agenda as a part of our SDG Philanthropy Platform. This event, to be held at Ford Foundation on September 24th, […]

When Family Members Run Foundations, Scrutiny Never Ends

September 11th, 2015

President & CEO Melissa Berman shares insight into the care that must be taken when private foundations employ family members in this article from the New York Times.

New report from the Foundation Center highlights RPA’s role in philanthropy

July 22nd, 2015

Yesterday the Foundation Center released a report about funding for philanthropy infrastructure from 2004-2012. Philanthropy infrastructure generally refers to research, membership, advocacy and service organizations that do work about or for the field of philanthropy itself. According the analysis, RPA received more grant funding for philanthropy infrastructure over this period than any other organization, besides […]

Philanthropy in Detroit: Observations from CEO Melissa Berman

July 14th, 2015

This June, the Board of Directors of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors held its meeting in Detroit to see first-hand how philanthropy is helping to reimagine, reinvent and redevelop this important city. Kevin Broderick, RPA’s Chair, lives in the area and was able to provide remarkable access to Detroit’s leaders and key institutions. At the same time, […]