Newsletters & articles penned by the GPA Team
Position Announcement Sartain Lanier Family Foundation: Program Director Announcement

The Program Director position is a new addition to the Foundation team and will serve in a critical role supporting the Foundation’s operations and grantmaking. The ideal candidate is deeply committed to children and youth in Atlanta, and to addressing systemic issues and solutions in our education ecosystem.

December Newsletter Purpose Leads to Legacy Building

My husband and I recently took a road trip and listened to the book Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman.

October 2022 Article Commentary: Philanthropy is a linchpin for social innovation and addressing big problems

Over the past 20 years, there has been a growing critique of philanthropy, which is leading to distrust in the nonprofit sector.

September 2022 Newsletter Making the Case for Philanthropy

Over the last 20 years, there has been a growing critique of philanthropy which is leading to distrust in the nonprofit sector. Critics allege that philanthropists have an outsized influence on civil society by making large gifts; some high profile donors use their generosity to “wash” their reputation; and major donations are made to benefit the philanthropist and their families.

July 2022 Announcement Meet our Growing Team

As our client work has grown since our founding in 2019, I have listened to what clients need and want to be effective philanthropists. I am proud to announce the talented team of experts that we have been building to best serve current and future clients.

May 2022 Newsletter How do you empower the next generation?

Often I take time to reflect upon the themes and patterns in my work. It helps me better understand commonalities among clients, trends in the philanthropic field and helps to point me towards more research and writing projects.

February 2022 Newsletter Are Humans Generous By Nature?

I started a new class in my master's program in philanthropic studies in January. One of the first assignments was to answer the question: "Are humans inclined to behave generously by nature?" To be honest, I wasn't sure how to answer.

December 2021 Newsletter How We Gather Matters

This is my favorite time of year. People are in the spirit of celebration, generosity and giving thanks. I am always heartened by the generosity I see in the last few months of the year. This year is no different.

September 2021 Newsletter A Thoughtful Philanthropic Response to Crises

Today, I am sharing philosophies and approaches around Crisis Driven Philanthropy, a topic that has been front of mind for so many this summer.

July 2021 Newsletter Be in the Know

Happy Summer! I am sharing some recent philanthropic trends and information that I found particularly compelling and curious.

May 2021 Newsletter Connect + Learn

I don't know about you, but I am excited to turn the page into summer. I am looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends in person after a long hiatus and attending parties, community events, and concerts again.

April 2021 Newsletter Reflection + Inspiration

Spring is in the air – a time for fresh starts and this year, a time for reflection as we mark the one year anniversary of the pandemic.

March 2021 Article What are Philanthropists Looking for in 2021?

As we set our sights and pin our hopes on 2021, philanthropists are looking to the social sector to express their closely held values and solutions to the world’s most urgent problems.

February 2021 Newsletter Trust, Accountability, + Measurement

Happy New Year! The end of the year is often when we as philanthropists choose to make some of our biggest gifts or grants.

December 2020 Newsletter Creating Family Connection and Building the Muscle of Generosity

This season sparks frequent questions around giving and receiving and life lessons to share with children and grandchildren. Many have reached out asking questions of how families can strengthen their muscles of generosity and empathy in this season of giving - especially this year. Here are a few ideas that are simple, and yet impactful.

November 2020 Newsletter Reflection & Gratitude

If you are receiving this email, you were generous with your time and advice as I was starting Grant Philanthropic Advisors one year ago. Thank you for asking hard questions, offering creative strategies to help me grow and learn, and making connections on my behalf.

October 2020 Newsletter Family Narratives + Traditions

Many of us are beginning to think about the holidays and how we will celebrate this year. Whether we’re with family or celebrating distantly, what will we choose to focus on as we close out 2020? What traditions hold up and what new ones will be created? What stories will be shared from this year and decades past? Family values are translated implicitly and explicitly through shared traditions, rituals, and stories.

September 2020 Newsletter State of SC Nonprofit Community

I have been hearing from many of you recently and understand that your year end philanthropy is on your mind. I thought it was important to share a critical report published this week detailing the health of South Carolina's nonprofit community. Earlier this month, the Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston conducted a survey of hundreds of nonprofit organizations across our state in partnership with Together SC, the South Carolina Grantmakers Network, the United Way Association of South Carolina, the Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy, the Community Foundation of Greenville, and the NonProfit Alliance Greenville.

September 2020 Article Philanthropy will never be the same after 2020; I argue it is changing for the better

COVID-19 and our country’s renewed focus on racial inequities have upended our conventional ways of living and ways in which we care for and interact with our communities.

August 2020 Newsletter Adaptability & Compassion

As we turn the corner into fall, I want to share some reflections on trends I am seeing in philanthropy right now. Over the summer months, I’ve had the opportunity to visit with philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, civic leaders, social impact investors, financial planners, and academics in the field. Two words stand out to me: adaptability and compassion.

June 2020 Newsletter Catalytic Action

2020 has been a year none of us anticipated. As we chart our path forward, I am hearing inspiring stories of how families, friends and colleagues are engaging in compelling conversations centered on what our world should and could look like. It is no coincidence that the nonprofit community is at the center of many of these conversations. I believe that philanthropy is a critical building block in our figurative and literal healing.


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