Week 12: Corporate Philanthropy & Foundations

Hello all, this week is Corporate Philanthropy & Foundations. This week we have some quick pre-class readings, a brief pre-class assignment to prepare for our guest speaker, and a post-class breakout assignment again due a few days after class (Thursday March 26th). Some details are below:


  1. 9:35 am – Review of Class Agenda
  2. 9:45 am – Review of Short Breakout Assignment on Foundation Search (post by end of Thursday, March 26th to #Week12_Assignment Channel in Slack)
  3. Answer any questions about Slides on Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy (to be posted on-line shortly)
  4. 10:00 – 11:00 am – Group Project Breakout Rooms
  5. 11:00 – noon – Guest Lecture and Q & A by Marina Campos (bio below)
  6. Noon-12:35 pm – Debrief from Guest Lecture and Wrap Up

Before Class Please do the Following:

  1. Review the speakers Bio and Post 3-4 Questions for the Speaker in #wk12_class_discussion_campos Slack Channel. The questions can be about how foundations work, her career trajectory, issues raised in the readings, etc
  2. Please consider volunteering to moderate questions for the speaker – let @Bette Loiselle or @Emilio Bruna know by Monday
  3. Read the articles below (will also be posted as pdfs in Canvas and the course web page).
  4. Review Key Slides on Foundation and Corporate Philosophy (to be posted shortly). If you have any questions you can ask in advance in the #wk12_assignment Slack Channel


  1. Hardner, J., Gullison, R., & O’Neill, E. (2017). Staying the Course: How a Long-Term Strategic Donor Initiative to Conserve the Amazon Has Yielded Outcomes of Global Significance. The Foundation Review, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.9707/1944-5660.1371 (about the Moore Foundation)
  2. The Problem With Modern Philanthropy (The Atlantic)
  3. Reimagining Institutional Philanthropy (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
  4. Foundations? Should they be part of your strategy?
  5. Which foundations are your best foundation funding prospects?


Week 12 Guest Speaker: MARINA CAMPOS

Formerly a Program officer on the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Andes-Amazon Initiative.  Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Marina has been working in the Amazon since 1989. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the program director at the Rainforest Foundation US. There, she worked in partnership with indigenous groups in Central and South America to secure rights to their lands and influence policies to protect their resources. Marina also served as coordinator on climate change for the state of Amazonas in Brazil, where she oversaw the design and implementation of state climate change legislation including the first Brazilian payment-for-environmental-services program. As a lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Marina coordinated the Strategies for Tropical Conservation seminar. She received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in biology from University of São Paulo and a Ph.D. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

At CONEXSUS: Marina works with management of socio-environmental processes, participatory methodologies and value chain. My connection is linked to projects such as a training program in Acre and a methodological laboratory with Conexsus.


Additional Resources: Week 12 Assignment

  1. Philanthropy News Digest http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/?id=3000057
  2. GuideStar guidestar.org
  3. PIVOT searchable database – https://research.ufl.edu/finding-funding/cos-pivot-funding-database.html (click on “Search Database for Funding Opportunities” and signon after selecting University of Florida as the Institution) (formerly called Community of Science)
  4. UF Business Library Company Information Center http://businesslibrary.uflib.ufl.edu/company
  5. Foundation Center Directory https://fdo.foundationcenter.org (use to be free, no longer but some search options; see also https://candid.org/find-funding – scroll down for free search

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