NicoleView Posts by Contributor

Feeling stagnant? Overwhelmed with today’s societal problems? Concerned we’re not making progress and reaching our full potential? Well, please find solace in knowing that global philanthropy is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, we’re giving birth to a new and improved philanthropy that will be a leading and lagging indicator of our social, human, [...]

Saturday was wonderful preconference kick-off to what will undoubtedly be another great Council on Foundations event. Collaboration, common agendas, and community engagement were key themes for both the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and Global Grantmakers. Each group delivered thought-provoking, inspiring programming - but unfortunately I was forced to choose between sessions.  Similar to [...]

[Editor’s Note: In November 2009, the Council hosted a celebration for its 60th Anniversary—60 years of service and leadership in philanthropy. As part of this celebration, several grantmakers shared their personal thoughts about the Council and the field of philanthropy. Here are comments from Nicole Robinson, the director of the Kraft Foods Foundation.]
I offer warm [...]

The Monday afternoon conference session “Building Philanthropy BRIC by BRIC” characterized the current context of both individual and institutional giving across Brazil, Russia, India and China.  Most disheartening is the recognition of the residual damage to philanthropy the former US administration has left behind from its efforts to coerce countries to embrace a not-always-welcome democratic [...]

Welcome to RE: Philanthropy! In this blog, guest and Council bloggers share ideas and insights on the most pressing issues in philanthropy. If you want to contribute, please contact

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Council on Foundations.


John Harvey
Lara Kalwinski
Benna Wilde
Mary Topliff
Jacob Gayle
Susan Barry
Jill Nash
John F. Rohe
R. Christine Hershey
Donna Svendsen
Craig Muska
Tina Arnoldi
Sean Stannard-Stockton
Oz Spies
Ron Ancrum
Angelle Fouther
Mimi Goodwill
David Abramson
BH Kim
Aleesha Towns-Bain
Liz Braden
Terri Freeman
Courtney Kaezyk
Stephanie de Wolfe
Jeff Hoffman
Amy Owen
Sandy Cardin
Aimee Guidera
Kristen Grimm
David Styers
Javier Alberto Soto
Susan McPherson
Michael L. Batchelor
Ana Marie Argilagos
Larry Ottinger
Debbie Starke
Jeffrey Cufaude
Fred Dedrick
Michael Durnil
Kevin Salwen
Diana Esposito
Rhonda R. Mims
Kelly Shipp Simone
Sally Migliore
Brian Reich
Nicole Lewis
Katie Loovis
Zeke Spier
Robert K. Ross