Our Story

Philanthropy done well is both intellectually satisfying and deeply fulfilling

In 1891, John D. Rockefeller, Sr. set out to manage his philanthropy “as if it were a business.” At RPA, we maintain that commitment to practicality and strategic acumen; we also believe that giving is a natural, enriching part of human life.

Whether you’re an individual, a family, or an institution, we’ll partner with you every step along the way.

When you engage in thoughtful philanthropy, questions immediately arise: “Where do I start? How do we best implement this idea? Is this having an impact? How on earth will we find the time to make this happen?” The answers begin with your insight and intuition; they find their conclusion with a combination of smart planning and experienced advice. RPA guides individual and institutional giving with empathy and know-how.

Our diverse staff draws on its unmatched global expertise, experience, and vast network to provide customized services that meet your unique circumstances and needs.

Whether you’re an established foundation, an aspiring philanthropist, a global corporation, a group of funders with a shared interest, or anything in between, RPA meets you where you are. We continually build on lessons learned over more than a century, as well as ideas just emerging, sharing insight with our clients, our community and the sector at large. Our goal: to help define the next generation of philanthropy as we foster a worldwide culture of giving.

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