“More Than Money" Philanthropy: Value Beyond the Check

“More Than Money" Philanthropy: Value Beyond the Check

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation

DebraJacobsWhile others think “MONEY” when they see a funder, we know the reality is that our value goes far beyond the check. A funder offers so much more … from our convening chops to our long view of possibilities.

At this year's Funder Huddle, the "More Than Money" Philanthropy plenary session, featuring a panel of three "passionaries," sparked conversations for participants to learn from and share with each other.

Together, we Lift, Learn and Lead.


Debra Jacobs

Advisory Committee Chair
President and CEO
The Patterson Foundation



David Biemesderfer"I think it’s no secret that historically, philanthropy has been cautious about engaging in policy and advocacy, that is starting to change...You bring a unique and powerful voice to policy issues unlike anyone else. I think it’s one of the most powerful things you can do in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading."

David Biemesderfer
President and CEO
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

More from David: Blog post on Philanthropy’s Leadership Role in Policy and Advocacy



Mae Hong"Since when are our dollars in giving a proxy for our love of humanity? I believe our philanthropy should be an expression of our hope. Our hope expressed through our giving says to the world that the status quo is unacceptable. Does your giving express how deeply hopeful you are about this work?"





Mae Hong
Vice President
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors



Sheena Wright"We were able to galvanize a community with not only dollars but also with volunteers from our corporate partners. In three years, we went from 90 percent of students in Mott Haven (South Bronx) not reading on grade level to 47 percent of kids reading on grade level."

Sheena Wright
President and CEO
United Way of New York City



More Than Money Philanthropy Panel Discussion
(July 2017; total time: 33 min 13 seconds)


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