Philanthropy Is the Go-To Partner for Risk

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The first in a series of Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin’s reflections on the unique strengths and enduring lessons of 100 years of strategic philanthropy.

When we look back over the Rockefeller Foundation's history and pinpoint the moments when philanthropy is at its best, it's almost always at those moments when the work is the hardest, and the risk of failure is greatest -- from spraying down an entire island to eliminate mosquitoes and ward off malaria, to mapping cultural monuments and artifacts across Europe to prevent Allied forces from bombing them during World War II. These weren't projects governments or businesses could do alone. Rather, they were projects best carried out by a philanthropy...

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