Activities to promote excellence in philanthropy, 2006-2009

Many foundations, including RWJF, and many of the members of the Philanthropy Roundtable view themselves both as facilitators of services to the most vulnerable in our society and as agents of social change. These funders and their grantees often seek to facilitate social change by promoting changes in public policy. The Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of more than 500 organizations and individual donors, has become increasingly influential in promoting policy change at the local level. The organization began in the late 1970s as an informal network of grant makers and donors to discuss alternative philanthropic principles and practices. Among its accomplishments since becoming a self-supporting organization in 1991 is the publication of the bimonthly Philanthropy magazine and the convening of individual donors and philanthropies around specific issues such as education, environmental stewardship, and national security. This grant provides support for core functions, such as its annual and regional meetings and Philanthropy magazine, and will permit expansion of the Roundtable's work to encourage member interest in health and health care issues. This project will be considered successful if the Roundtable expands its scope of activities to include health issues and if it continues to serve as a forum for Foundation collaboration and potential co-funding with other grant makers.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $125,000.00

Awarded on: 2/23/2006

Time frame: 3/1/2006 - 2/28/2009

Grant Number: 55514


Philanthropy Roundtable

1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 601
Washington, 20036-4554


Adam Meyerson
Project Director