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“The world of philanthropy is a busy place, yet too few children from families of extreme wealth get involved in strategic giving. Why? The Lifecycle presented here is our attempt to conceive of young philanthropy in a holistic way. Many organizations champion one or more pieces of this model but, in general, the "loop is not closed.” The generosity of young wealth-holders is not rising substantially around the world. What could this model and the dozens of relevant organizations linked from this site do together to “close the loop” and inspire greater, more strategic giving?

Additionally, we recognize that this is just one of many potential models and though it is somewhat chronological, the milestones it describes do not necessarily need to be considered sequentially.“

When I arrived at Ford Foundation seven years ago, the initiative I worked on was called “Media and Cultural Policy.” Within a matter of weeks, it became clear that the media landscape was changing so quickly that the foundation would need to focus much more specifically on the Internet. Over these past years, the Internet has influenced the legal and policy landscape in ways that have transformed social, political, legal and economic environments. There is no escaping this change. So we can argue about whether access to the Internet is a “right” in itself, but there is no argument against the fact that access to the Internet is a precondition to accessing many of our important rights to speak, to learn, to access information and fully participate in society.


Q: Do you think that serious journalism can pay?

A: I think on its own, probably not. Certainly the learning from our site in Hawaii shows how difficult it is. Advertisers don’t want to put their ads next to the investigative story; it’s extremely difficult to do that. And very few people today actually read those serious news stories on the Web now. The audience for the most important stories can be depressingly small. There will always be a core of readers willing to support that work, but it is a tiny, tiny percentage of broader society. That’s part of the reason we are doing a general-interest site, to work on how we get a general-interest audience to become engaged citizens.

There are lots of things that foundations are doing to hamper this new disruptive stuff,” Lublin said. One of the remarks she often heard from foundations was: “You don’t fit our buckets.” “No shit,” she offered in response. “It’s new.” Lublin wondered if upkeep of the Ford Foundation’s palatial headquarters, an impressive building near the United Nations that features an expansive atrium, was really the best use of the organization’s treasure. (Ford Foundation is a PDF sponsor.) “Do you really need to sit in that $400 million building, Ford Foundation? Are you not comfy? Most of it is not even usable space.” “One request I have today is Ford Foundation, sell the building,” she continued. “Be like Blue Ridge. Move to Brooklyn, be in a loft space … get back to your roots. I think you’ve gotten comfy.