Publications & Videos
Interested in learning more about trends, issues and approaches? Explore some of our recent publications and videos below, or check out our Philanthropy Roadmap series for guidance developing a thoughtful giving plan.
Facilitating Equitable Systems Change
This guide explores how foundation board members and executive leadership can lead the way.
Aligning Financial Sustainability with Student Access and Success: Opportunities for Private Colleges
This report highlights long-term academic and financial opportunities for small colleges by attracting and retaining those students who face the highest barriers to enrollment and completion.
The Impact Investing Handbook
This practical publication features case studies and detailed guidance for individuals, families, foundations, and corporations on impact investing. Written by Steven Godeke of Godeke Consulting and Patrick Briaud of RPA, it features input from over fifty experts and practitioners.
Seeing, Facilitating, and Assessing Systems Change
Webinar featuring the Edelgive Foundation (India), the Ford Foundation, Fundación Arturo y Enrica Sesana (Colombia), Skoll Foundation, Instituto Humanize (Brazil).
Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems: Seeing, Facilitating, and Accessing Systems Change
This publication is the third of the Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems initiative, a collaboration between Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), Skoll Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and other funders.
Philanthropy in Higher Education: Priorities and Approaches of Private Foundations
An examination trends in private foundations giving to colleges and universities to support their postsecondary education strategies.
Global Trends and Strategic Time Horizons in Family Philanthropy 2020
We partnered with Campden Wealth to conduct an exploration of the inner workings, trends, practices, and challenges of family philanthropy globally.
Strategic Time Horizons: A Global Snapshot of Foundation Approaches
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) and NORC at the University of Chicago set out to conduct a global exploration of various dimensions of strategic time horizons in institutional giving.
Philanthropy and the SDGs: Practical Tools for Alignment
Guidance for donors to plan, assess, report and take action on the SDGs.
Philanthropy and the SDGs: Getting Started
A guide to provide philanthropic funders insight on how to align with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Philanthropy Framework
Use this publication to guide organizational alignment for maximum impact in your chosen areas.
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund's Healthy Food & Community Change Initiative Report
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund’s mission is to improve access and opportunity for all New Yorkers and foster healthy and vibrant communities.
Hiding in Plain Sight: Impact Investing in the Creative Economy
Looking at the landscape of impact investing in the creative economy and the opportunities that exist to expand the field.
Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems: Approaches for Impact, Approaches for Learning
Exploring how foundations and funder collaboratives can achieve systems-level change.
Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems
Encouraging funders to work in more collaborative ways to place longer-term, adaptive and responsive resources to accelerate scalable solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
Philanthropy's Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals in Emerging Countries
This paper offers lessons learnt and experiences from the SDG Philanthropy Platform, and presents winning strategies for foundations.
Frameworks for Private Foundations: A New Model for Impact
Providing guidance for funders looking to examine their organizational structures and strategize about their capacities and operations.
Achieving Success in Postsecondary Education: Trends in Philanthropy
Looking at how private funding can support college completion and improve financial security for all students.
Achieving Success in Postsecondary Education: The Facts About Student Debt
Exploring the landscape of student debt in the United States.
Achieving Success in Postsecondary Education: A Q&A on Student Loans
Addressing basic questions and misconceptions about the realities of student debt.
Theory of the Foundation European Initiative 2016 Report
Analyzing European foundations beyond their direct charitable activities to explore and understand how they operate as organizations in their pursuit of mission and social impact.
Financial Inclusion – Opportunities & Risks for Donors
Looking at insights from GAFIS, a five-country study on how funders and banks can work together to provide poor people with the financial tools they deserve.
Solutions for Impact Investors
A resource for donors looking at impact investing as a way to bring more capital to bear on addressing the pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.
A policy and implementation guide for foundation trustees and other decisionmakers in philanthropy considering how to move forward and implement an agenda for MRI in their institutions.
Fund for Gulf Communities
After the 2010 oil spill, the Fund for Gulf Communities was established at RPA by an anonymous donor and worked to build a stronger Gulf region better equipped to recover from future disasters and emergencies.
Three Centuries of Rockefeller Family Philanthropy
This video includes highlights from conversations among Rockefeller family members and the Rockefeller family historian at a public symposium hosted by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in November 2004.
I am a Philanthropist: Diverse Voices in Giving
D5 Coalition, a sponsored project of RPA, produced this video, which tells the stories of several diverse donors and what inspires their creative and effective philanthropy.