Newsletters & articles penned by the GPA Team
December 2023 Newsletter Eliminate the Unnecessary

One of my favorite artists, Hans Hoffman, once said, “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

November 2023 Client Feature Meeting Steet Scholarship Fund

GPA partnered with the Aaron family in their philanthropic goal of a "life-changing scholarship" for Allendale County.

October 2023 Client Feature Center of Literacy Excellence

GPA partnered with the Fuller family to bring their ideas to fruition. The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education will launch a new Center of Literacy Excellence focused on supportive measures to ensure all children receive high quality literacy instruction.

September 2023 Client Feature Jane's Fund

GPA partnered with the Harrell family to help bring Jane’s Fund to life. Jane and Mike Harrell, along with their children Piper, Max and Sam, launched Jane’s Fund to honor their daughter and sister, Jane, who passed away in 2019 at age 17, just five months after being diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) a rare, inoperable pediatric brain tumor with a zero-survival rate. Jane left her friends and family with a charge to change the world, saying, “that job belongs to each of you.”

September 2023 Newsletter To Spend Down or Not?

We often hear philanthropists wrestle with strategy around their philanthropic purpose, their pace of giving and their budget.

September 2023 Feature 21/64 Learning Community Spotlight

This month we shine the spotlight on our friend, colleague, and Learning Community member Kaky McGinness Grant. A 20-year veteran in the field of philanthropy, Kaky’s ethic of giving back was instilled in her at an early age by way of her parents and grandparents living on Lookout Mountain, TN.

Press Release July 2023 Grant Philanthropic Advisors Introduces the Social Good Map

Grant Philanthropic Advisors launched this month a user-friendly digital tool called the Social Good Map. The online dashboard allows philanthropists to see the impact of their charitable giving through dynamic charts and illustrations.

May 2023 Newsletter Women Reimagine Philanthropy

Did you know that less than 2% of US philanthropy today flows to women and girls' causes? It is reported that 93% of affluent women give to charity, 56% volunteer, and 23% serve on the board of a nonprofit according to US Trust.

March 2023 Newsletter Grace + Philanthropy

In January of this year, I had the opportunity to visit the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama with a group of friends from Charleston.

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 2022 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

This is my favorite time of year. People are in the spirit of celebration, generosity and giving thanks.

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.


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