ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING PHILANTHROPY
As the nature of our work was refined in philanthropy, private foundations have been actively involved. Concepts around the role of higher education in society, expressed in Beyond the Campus, and advisory services designed to strengthen the catalytic potential of private giving were continually shaped through working relationships with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and others. Marga’s first few significant contracts enabled the company to not only provide a scope of services for particular projects, but to begin building a body of work.
The research, strategic advice, writing, assessment, and program development Marga has provided to foundations over the years has taken various forms and influences a number of sustained efforts. As Marga’s engagement with private foundations deepened, our expertise in philanthropic advisory services materialized, leading to our growing effort to advise smaller scale emerging philanthropists. Our experiences in enhancing foundations’ competency around changing demographics and persistent inequalities based on race or ethnicity emerged from pursuits with quite a few foundations, such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, the San Francisco Foundation, the Greater New Haven Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and others.