Featured Projects

Whether advising families and foundations or incubating new nonprofits and collaboratives, explore how we're approaching important issues and helping foster innovation in philanthropy.

Arts & Culture

Spirit Aligned Leadership Program

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Spirit Aligned Leadership Program

As a Sponsored Project of RPA, The Leadership Program aims to strengthen Indigenous communities and address pressing systemic problems and oppressions through investing in and elevating the inherent power of the undervalued assets of North American Indigenous women.

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Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI)

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Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI)

This funding initiative is a Sponsored Project at RPA and works to encourage greater diversity in the curatorial and management leadership of American art museums. Moreover, it addresses how future health of art museums and their continued ability to contribute to the vibrancy of their communities depends, in part, on their being relevant and appealing to the broadest cross-section of community residents.

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Tippet Rise Art Center

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Tippet Rise Art Center

Created by the trustees of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, who engaged RPA for advisory services through every step of conceptualizing and building the art center, Tippet Rise Art Center exhibits large-scale, outdoor sculptures and hosts classical chamber music and recitals on a 12,000-acre working sheep and cattle ranch in Fishtail, Montana.

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Art for Justice Fund

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Art for Justice Fund

A five-year initiative seeded by philanthropist and art collector Agnes Gund donating the proceeds from the sale of art in her collection. The Funds aims to turn art into action, investing more than $100 million into strategic efforts to reform the criminal justice system. RPA allowed the Fund a way to quickly and strategically begin operating and responding to an urgent issue facing the US by providing programmatic, advisory and governance support.

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ArtPlace America

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ArtPlace America

A 10-year collaboration among 16 national foundations, federal agencies and financial institutions. It position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of communities. RPA brings a deep understanding of the systems and processes to the project by providing mechanism for ArtPlace to employ staff, receive grants from foundations and disburse grants and program-related expenses.

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Friends of China Exploration and Research Society

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Friends of China Exploration and Research Society

FCERS was established to support the mission of the China Exploration and Research Society (CERS), a Hong Kong registered NGO with a 30-year history of successfully exploring, documenting, interpreting and conserving the cultural and natural heritage of China and periphery countries. RPA assists with management and administrative goals to allow CERS to apply its experience, assets and resources to advocate for balanced and responsible development that is sensitive to the natural and cultural uniqueness of the region.

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Upstart Co-Lab

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Upstart Co-Lab

Upstart Co-Lab brings together artists, funders, and ideas to create social impact at scale by artist entrepreneurs. With the support from RPA on operational and financial management services, Upstart Co-Lab serves as a convener and incubator and creates opportunities for artists with potentials to flourish.

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Economic Development

100 Resilient Cities

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100 Resilient Cities

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, RPA provides programmatic, advisory and governance support for this initiative which aims to build urban resiliency in 100 cities across the globe to address the physical, social, and economic challenges in the 21st century. The initiative provides the member cities with access to technical expertise and resources needed and share new knowledge on city-wide resilience strategies.

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Gateway Financial Innovations for Savings (GAFIS)

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Gateway Financial Innovations for Savings (GAFIS)

Gateway to Financial Innovations for Savings (GAFIS) was a four-year project (2010-2013) funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and managed by consulting firm Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) that worked with leading banks in developing countries to help design and deliver new, inclusive savings products.

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The Girl Effect

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The Girl Effect

Using a pioneering integrated brand approach, Girl Effect works to re-frame the value of girls and shape new social norms that break the cycle of poverty. RPA is Girl Effect’s U.S. fiscal sponsor and serves on its advisory committee representing the interests of a wide array of donors including the Gates Foundation, the Emerson Collective, and significant anonymous donors. This in turn increases resources targeting girls in poverty by private philanthropists and international aid organizations.

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Education

Promise Venture Studio

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Promise Venture Studio

Promise venture studio is an RPA Sponsored Project that attracts, supports and connects entrepreneurs focused on early childhood development (ECD). The mission is to create a vibrant community that supports entrepreneurs and their ventures in ECD. They aim to catalyze system-wide change — and create sustainable impact for the most disadvantaged children (age 0-5) and their families in the U.S.

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Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity

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Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity

The Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity supports racial literacy acquisition and strategy development among 200 campus leaders at 5 to 10 colleges and universities, as well as the development and launch of an annual racial climate assessment of thousands of students on hundreds of campuses across the United States.

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Collaborative for Spirituality in Education

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Collaborative for Spirituality in Education

A project established by Steven Rockefeller, Sr. to promote the spiritual and moral development of young people in and through U.S. PreK-12 independent and public schools with the long-term goal of better integrating the head and the heart in all spheres and at all levels of American society.

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Achieving Success in Postsecondary Education

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Achieving Success in Postsecondary Education

Detailed reports providing an analysis of the state of student debt in the U.S., challenging business trends that universities and colleges encounter and qualitative and quantitative trends in postsecondary education funding. RPA and the TIAA Institute partnered to look at the landscape of student debt in the U.S. as well as trends and innovative approaches in private funding of higher education.

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Collaborating Districts Initiative

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Collaborating Districts Initiative

In 2011, NoVo Foundation and CASEL launched the Collaborating Districts Initiative (CDI), a national effort aimed at supporting districts’ capacities to promote Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for all students. The CDI has two primary goals. The first is to develop districts’ capacities to plan, implement and monitor systemic changes that will impact schools and classrooms in ways that enhance students’ social-emotional development and academic performance. The second goal is to document lessons learned that can inform future efforts to support systemic SEL implementation in districts across the country.

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The Earth Charter Fund

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The Earth Charter Fund

Established by Steven Rockefeller, Sr., this RPA Sponsored Project initiative aims to create a "soft law" document that sets forth the fundamental principles of an emerging new global impact ethic. The Earth Charter is the product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. The Earth Charter is the product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations.

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Echidna Giving

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Echidna Giving

Echidna Giving joins critical thinkers, innovators and practitioners to advance girls’ education in the developing world. RPA helps Echidna Giving with flexibility to make grants, cover operation expenses and sponsor special programs to make progress against their mission.

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High Achievement New York

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High Achievement New York

Ensuring every student in New York State, no matter where they come from, receives a first-rate education through high standards that will help them stay on track and prepare them for college and careers.

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International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity

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International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity

A major new global initiative engaging world leaders, policy makers and researchers to develop a renewed and compelling investment case and financing pathway for achieving equal educational opportunity for children and young people.

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LIGHT Awards

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LIGHT Awards

The Light Award Leverages innovation by growing and honoring teachers. In creating the LIGHT Awards, RPA led the Intrepid Philanthropy Foundation through a thoughtful program-design process that emphasized input from educators. It involved benchmarking, focus groups and a retreat attended by current and former teachers, and was capped off by a pilot year of LIGHT Awards grants to selected teams of teachers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. RPA remains a critical partner in the management of the program.

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Environment

Shine Campaign

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Shine Campaign

Shine is a global campaign to end energy poverty and an RPA Sponsored Project. More than a billion people – nearly one-sixth of the world’s population – live without access to electricity and 3 billion people still rely on kerosene, wood, crop waste, dung, and other biomass to cook and heat their homes. This has devastating impact on health, and the UN includes clean energy as one of its SDG goals.

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Shark Conservation Fund

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Shark Conservation Fund

A funder collaborative, the Shark Conservation Fund is focused on reversing the precipitous decline of the world’s sharks and rays and ensuring their long‐term conservation and management. In addition to the funds that will flow through the partnership, this initiative aims to catalyze $100 million of support in the global conservation and sustainable management of sharks and rays by 2025.

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100 Resilient Cities

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100 Resilient Cities

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, RPA provides programmatic, advisory and governance support for this initiative which aims to build urban resiliency in 100 cities across the globe to address the physical, social, and economic challenges in the 21st century. The initiative provides the member cities with access to technical expertise and resources needed and share new knowledge on city-wide resilience strategies.

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Climate Nexus

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Climate Nexus

A strategic communications organization that highlights the wide-ranging impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the US. RPA provides organizational support like strong governance, legal counsel, grants management, accounting, reporting, HR and finance.

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The Earth Charter Fund

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The Earth Charter Fund

Established by Steven Rockefeller, Sr., this RPA Sponsored Project initiative aims to create a "soft law" document that sets forth the fundamental principles of an emerging new global impact ethic. The Earth Charter is the product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. The Earth Charter is the product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations.

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Friends of China Exploration and Research Society

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Friends of China Exploration and Research Society

FCERS was established to support the mission of the China Exploration and Research Society (CERS), a Hong Kong registered NGO with a 30-year history of successfully exploring, documenting, interpreting and conserving the cultural and natural heritage of China and periphery countries. RPA assists with management and administrative goals to allow CERS to apply its experience, assets and resources to advocate for balanced and responsible development that is sensitive to the natural and cultural uniqueness of the region.

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Financial Inclusion

Catalyst Fund

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Catalyst Fund

RPA currently sponsors the Catalyst Fund, an investment initiative designed to provide early stage capital injections for fin-tech start-ups that design and produce financial inclusion solutions. Over three years, RPA expects to make up to 20 investments in small firms that are sourced by a network of investors that includes Accion Venture Labs, Gray Ghost Ventures, Quona, Omidyar Network, and 500 Startups. Capital for this effort is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and JP Morgan Chase.

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Gateway Financial Innovations for Savings (GAFIS)

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Gateway Financial Innovations for Savings (GAFIS)

Gateway to Financial Innovations for Savings (GAFIS) was a four-year project (2010-2013) funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and managed by consulting firm Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA) that worked with leading banks in developing countries to help design and deliver new, inclusive savings products.

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Health & Science

The Fund for the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis (EndHeP2030)

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The Fund for the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis (EndHeP2030)

EndHeP2030 is a collaborative formed to help address funding gaps in support of country action to combat viral hepatitis. Its goal is to become an international mechanism with a well-defined mandate and governance structure, and to provide catalytic funding to advance progress toward achieving the elimination goals of the WHO global hepatitis strategy.

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100 Resilient Cities

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100 Resilient Cities

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, RPA provides programmatic, advisory and governance support for this initiative which aims to build urban resiliency in 100 cities across the globe to address the physical, social, and economic challenges in the 21st century. The initiative provides the member cities with access to technical expertise and resources needed and share new knowledge on city-wide resilience strategies.

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Climate Nexus

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Climate Nexus

A strategic communications organization that highlights the wide-ranging impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the US. RPA provides organizational support like strong governance, legal counsel, grants management, accounting, reporting, HR and finance.

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Ebola Survival Fund

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Ebola Survival Fund

During the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa, actor Jeffrey Wright approached RPA to open a new grantmaking fund to help those impacted on the ground in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. RPA helped get the Fund up and running so that donations could be processed and the money used to meet urgent needs. We also worked with a coalition of international health organizations and local NGOs to respond with funding that not only met immediate needs but also invested in long-term solutions that strengthen the health delivery infrastructure in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

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The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has been honored to serve as a strategic partner of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund since 2008. The Illumination Fund invited RPA to help document and assess its Healthy Food & Community Change initiative and to flesh out insights that could be helpful to others who are involved in, or considering involvement in, philanthropy that uses food as a vehicle to improve communities.

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MDG Health Alliance

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MDG Health Alliance

As a sponsored project of RPA, MDG Health Alliance is a partnership of governments, NGO's, academic institutions and corporations jointly working to attain the UN Millennium Development Goals around child survival, maternal health and the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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Impact Investing

Impact Investing: an Introduction

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Impact Investing: an Introduction

This guide is part of our Philanthropy Roadmap series and is expressly written for donors who may wish to complement traditional grantmaking approaches as they invest their assets to promote change.

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Impact Investing: Strategy and Action

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Impact Investing: Strategy and Action

This guide explains how to take practical steps towards implementing your first impact investment.

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Catalyst Fund

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Catalyst Fund

RPA currently sponsors the Catalyst Fund, an investment initiative designed to provide early stage capital injections for fin-tech start-ups that design and produce financial inclusion solutions. Over three years, RPA expects to make up to 20 investments in small firms that are sourced by a network of investors that includes Accion Venture Labs, Gray Ghost Ventures, Quona, Omidyar Network, and 500 Startups. Capital for this effort is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and JP Morgan Chase.

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Climate Nexus

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Climate Nexus

A strategic communications organization that highlights the wide-ranging impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the US. RPA provides organizational support like strong governance, legal counsel, grants management, accounting, reporting, HR and finance.

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Upstart Co-Lab

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Upstart Co-Lab

Upstart Co-Lab brings together artists, funders, and ideas to create social impact at scale by artist entrepreneurs. With the support from RPA on operational and financial management services, Upstart Co-Lab serves as a convener and incubator and creates opportunities for artists with potentials to flourish.

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Philanthropic Practice

Theory of the Foundation

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Theory of the Foundation

At RPA, we actively work to understand the future of giving. As we build knowledge and collaboration in our field, our expertise grows, allowing us to place our client work within a deep understanding of the broader context in which we’re working. Our Theory of the Foundation initiative represents a key example of how our research shapes the sector and informs our partnerships.

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Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems

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Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems

Realizing that the world’s pressing challenges are becoming more complex, many philanthropic funders are reflecting on how to create more transformational impact. To help answer that question, the Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems initiative was launched in 2016 as an inquiry: Can we encourage collaborative, longer-term, adaptive resources to fund and accelerate scalable solutions targeting systemic changes around pressing global issues? Since then, the initiative’s steering group and team, with representation from the Skoll, Ford and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundations, Porticus, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, has examined when, how, and why certain solutions were able to grow and achieve the system-level shifts that were anticipated.

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SDG Philanthropy Platform

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SDG Philanthropy Platform

In 2015, all 193 Member States of the UN pledged to achieve an ambitious set of 17 goals over the next 15 years. To help the philanthropy sector engage more effectively in the global development goal processes, RPA launched the SDG Philanthropy Platform, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Foundation Center (FC), with seed funding from the Conrad N. Hilton, Ford and The MasterCard Foundations, and growing support from other partners.

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Rights

Pop Culture Collaborative Fund

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Pop Culture Collaborative Fund

The goal of Pop Culture Collaborative is to help transform narratives in pop culture about people of color, immigrants and refugees, Muslims and other communities that are deeply affected by harmful portrayals and stereotypes.

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Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity

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Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity

The Lumina Fund for Racial Justice and Equity supports racial literacy acquisition and strategy development among 200 campus leaders at 5 to 10 colleges and universities, as well as the development and launch of an annual racial climate assessment of thousands of students on hundreds of campuses across the United States.

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Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity

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Collaborative Fund for Women's Safety and Dignity

The vision of the Collaborative Fund for Women's for Safety and Dignity is to create a future where all girls and women, cis, transgender and gender non-confirming, can live, learn and work with safety and dignity. The collaborative will focus on supporting strategies to remove structural barriers, starting with the workplace as a focus of inequity and violence, as well as a potential site for movement building.

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A Call to Men

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A Call to Men

As a sponsored project of RPA, this organization works to promote a healthy and respectful manhood and shift attitudes and behaviors that devalue women, girls and other marginalized groups.

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Art for Justice Fund

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Art for Justice Fund

A five-year initiative seeded by philanthropist and art collector Agnes Gund donating the proceeds from the sale of art in her collection. The Funds aims to turn art into action, investing more than $100 million into strategic efforts to reform the criminal justice system. RPA allowed the Fund a way to quickly and strategically begin operating and responding to an urgent issue facing the US by providing programmatic, advisory and governance support.

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Executives’ Alliance

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Executives' Alliance

A network of more than 40 national, regional and community foundations driven by a bold vision that all boys and men of color will enjoy full inclusion in all the opportunities America has to offer. Through providing robust financial and operational support during the building out phase, RPA allows the initiative to concentrate on accomplishing its core mission and programmatic work.

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Fund for Shared Insight

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Fund for Shared Insight

A funding collaborative to pool financial, intellectual and human resources together so as to stimulate innovation and support increased openness between foundations, grantees and those we seek to help. RPA coordinates with different funders on their priorities and provides admin and financial supports that contributes to the success of the initiative.

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The Girl Effect

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The Girl Effect

Using a pioneering integrated brand approach, Girl Effect works to re-frame the value of girls and shape new social norms that break the cycle of poverty. RPA is Girl Effect’s U.S. fiscal sponsor and serves on its advisory committee representing the interests of a wide array of donors including the Gates Foundation, the Emerson Collective, and significant anonymous donors. This in turn increases resources targeting girls in poverty by private philanthropists and international aid organizations.

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Just Beginnings Collaborative

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Just Beginnings Collaborative

Just Beginnings Collaborative is a movement-building platform designed to initiate, cultivate and fund strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse. As the Collaborative's U.S. fiscal sponsor, RPA provides employment services, grants and financial management for the team to develop an effective social change campaign.

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