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Many Small Funders Don’t Engage in Advocacy. That’s A Mistake.

Amid a devastating pandemic, civic turmoil, and the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression, it might be tempting for small funders to turn away from engaging policymakers. But that’s a mistake. Now more than ever, funders with few or no staff should engage in or double down on advocacy. For far too long, foundations... Read More

We Cannot Stop Moving Forward

A message from Henry Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy One week ago today, we witnessed an assault on our nation’s Capitol. One week from today, that same Capitol will host the inauguration of our new president. Both events will be defining chapters in tomorrow’s history books. But tomorrow is not today. We cannot stand idly... Read More

After 26 Years, What I’ve Learned About Making Catalytic Impact

It is with tremendous gratitude that I come to the end of my 26 years as Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund. It’s been my joy and privilege to work with extraordinary, courageous, innovative, and inspiring advocates and organizations. This constellation of brave people and groups has done so much to make our world... Read More

3 Steps Your Foundation Can Take To Tackle Systemic Racism

While charitable foundations regularly leverage grantmaking to advance their missions, the potential impact of their investments is not always similarly scrutinized. To begin exploring your foundation’s effect on Black, Indigenous and communities of color in the U.S., here are three questions you should ask your investment manager: 1. Who is managing my portfolio’s underlying investments?... Read More

Boosting Civic Engagement Through Impactful Grantmaking

We’re excited to share the story of a client who’s using its charitable capital to increase civic engagement: The Langeloth Foundation supports health and racial equity outcomes for all people in order to foster and sustain safe and healthy communities. It envisions a society that is free of the systematic barriers that prevent people and communities... Read More

2022 Annual Conference

Exponent Philanthropy is thrilled to return to in-person gatherings this year. Our first priority for the 2022 Annual Conference is to provide a safe environment where lean funders can learn and connect. This event is designed for and by lean funders—those who give with few or no staff. Here, you can let your guard down... Read More