A few weeks ago, hundreds of philanthropists gathered for the Exponent Philanthropy National Conference in Washington, D.C. Founded in the 1990s as the Association of Small Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy consists of “donors, trustees, and philanthropic professionals who choose to give big by staying small, working with few or no staff to make the most of their resources.”
Small philanthropy is integral to the American civic tradition. It is
certainly integral to the civic tradition in my hometown of Puyallup,
Washington. I serve on the board of one small foundation, an offshoot of
the Kiwanis Club of Puyallup that over the years has raised an
impressive number of donations and estate gifts from club members,
mostly to benefit children in our town. Many of the gifts are designated
scholarships for local high school graduates. Recently we approved
grants for playground enhancements in the downtown park, a scholarship
program for minority students in our county, a facility upgrade at the
local library, and support for the food bank.
Read more at Philanthropy Daily here.