Risk, Reward, and the Reality: What Don't We Know about Intermediaries?

Host Organization: Philanthropy New York


Philanthropic intermediaries have been around for decades. On the surface, intermediaries are entities which stand between one or more foundations and grantee organizations, and which re-grant foundation monies or provide technical assistance to the grantees. They come in a variety of forms, from donor-advised funds to giving circles and fiscal sponsors, from community foundations to collaborative or pooled funds.

At a time when philanthropy is examining its practices with a racial equity and social justice lens, funders are learning with and from intermediaries as a promising strategy for their grantmaking.

Join a diverse panel of members working inside intermediaries and private foundations who fund intermediaries to hear about the practices and approaches funders are adopting at this time to support the change we want to see. Learn about the challenges intermediaries face, where projects may have failed, and where there is still more exploring to be done.

What will you learn?

  • The role(s) that intermediaries play and the risks they take on
  • Challenges intermediaries face
  • Approaches and practices intermediaries employ that can be modeled in private philanthropy
  • Lessons learned as intermediaries evolve
  • Ways private philanthropy can support or get in the way of intermediaries


Who should attend?

All interested funders in grantmaking roles. What to expect: presentation followed by roundtable discussion.

How do I sign up?

Members: Please log in and click the Register Now link above (no fee).

Non-Members: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org. ($150 fee)

Registration is required by April 22nd.

Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to each session.

Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with questions or for further information on this program or on eligibility.

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