Our Approach

Comprehensive Services, Deep Knowledge, Global Reach

The diverse staff of 40 at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is led by experienced grantmakers who bring a significant depth of knowledge across multiple issue areas. RPA’s team-oriented approach stresses confidentiality, effectiveness and customization. Each client works with a team of advisors whose expertise directly matches their interests and needs. Donors find this approach to be a far less time-intensive and more cost-effective alternative to hiring full-time staff.

Exclusively Philanthropic

RPA’s mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. Philanthropy is RPA’s sole purpose—and only service. Individuals, families, charitable trusts, foundations and donor collaboratives worldwide rely on RPA to develop, manage and monitor their philanthropy. We have advised on and managed more than $3 billion in giving in more than 60 countries, covering every major issue area.

Service to the Rockefeller family

For more than 120 years, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have served America’s most philanthropic family. Through this service, RPA has acquired unparalleled insights and wisdom; unique experience with a diversity of styles, goals and programs; and the ability to work seamlessly with and across several generations at once.

Deep Knowledge and Expertise

The professionals at RPA provide clients with specialized and sophisticated resources usually only available to major foundations. These include managing complex initiatives in remote places, researching and creating novel philanthropic models and assessing impact. Each senior advisor averages at least 20 years of domestic and international grantmaking experience.

Comprehensive, Customized Services

RPA assists clients in every philanthropic issue and through every stage, from defining a vision and goals to creating criteria and programs, to making and monitoring grants—and achieving meaningful results. This approach is active, confidential and completely customized. RPA works with clients not only on the why and what of their giving—their values and philanthropic issues—but also on the how—the style and efficacy of their giving.

Global Reach and Resources

Clients seeking involvement in global philanthropy value RPA’s reach, resources and record of managing grant programs on six continents. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors draw on a wealth of proprietary knowledge and professional expertise and contacts, including the worldwide Rockefeller network, to support funding options for donors. The organization also produces papers and holds briefings on vital philanthropic issues, often forming partnerships with leading private foundations to deepen knowledge and support in important areas of philanthropy.

Achieving Impact

Without sound execution, any philanthropic strategy is meaningless. The greatest value that we provide our clients is helping them move quickly from aspirations to serious momentum; from ideas and options to effective implementation and impact. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is geared to handle it all, from setting up a new foundation’s bylaws and administering meetings to ensuring that grants are made professionally and assessed thoroughly.

Philanthropists Set Spending Deadlines

The Wall Street Journal
May 21, 2009
By Shelly Banjo

A growing number of philanthropists are adopting spending deadlines and sunset provisions to ensure urgent global needs are addressed in a timely way.

By granting the entirety of funds within a certain period of time, these charitable efforts are looking to have a bigger immediate impact than traditional foundations, which are typically set up to last forever and pay out roughly 5% of assets a year.

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