Strategic Philanthropy
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We are pleased to present the first podcast of the Philanthropy Chair, "Towards a strategic philanthropy"!

Through the testimonies of 10 French philanthropists and the insights of professors Anne-Claire Pache and Arthur Gautier, each of the 5 episodes of this series illustrates the different dimensions of strategy in philanthropy. In their book Vers une philanthropie stratégique (Towards Strategic Philanthropy) published by Odile Jacob in 2020, Professors Peter Frumkin, Anne-Claire Pache and Arthur Gautier have adapted Peter Frumkin's book The Essence of Strategic Giving (2010) to the French context. Because philanthropy is above all a story of men and women, this podcast gives voice to these concepts, embodies the diversity of possible approaches and shows how a philanthropic strategy is concretely built.

Discover without further delay the first episodes of this new series!

The podcast is currently only available in French.

💞"What value do I want to create for society and for myself, what is my purpose, what positive change do I want to bring about?"

These few questions are at the heart and often the origin of a philanthropic commitment. In this episode, Professor Arthur Gautier sheds light on this dimension and the different approaches possible. To illustrate this variety of possibilities, we hear from two philanthropists: Sabine Roux de Bézieux (Araok Foundation, Fondation de la Mer, association Un Esprit de Famille) and Jean-François Rambicur (Fondation ARCEAL, association 1001 Fontaines).

⚙ "Who to give to?", "How to give?", "How to maximise the impact of my donation?"

These few questions help establish a logical framework, i.e. the chain of causalities that allows a donation to generate a given social impact. In this episode, Anne-Claire Pache, professor of the Philanthropy Chair at ESSEC, looks at the different elements to consider when establishing a logical framework. To illustrate the many possible approaches, we hear from two philanthropy professionals: Dominique Lemaistre (Fondation de France) and Elisabeth Elkrief (AlphaOmega Foundation).

👤"What level of engagement and what degree of visibility do I want for my giving?"

These two questions help reflect on the style philanthropists wish to give to their philanthropic engagement: distant and non-interventionist? Committed and working closely with the beneficiaries of their donations? Discreet, even anonymous? Or on the contrary, do they seek to make their donations visible? In this episode, Arthur Gautier, Professor and Executive Director of the Philanthropy Chair at ESSEC, looks at the different elements that can guide reflection on this subject and the questions to ask in order to act in coherence with the other dimensions and maximise its impact. To illustrate the different possible approaches, we hear from two philanthropists: Denis Duverne (Changer par le don) and Nicolas Poncin (Fondation des Épiniers).

"When and how often should I give? Will my donation be more valuable today or tomorrow?"

When building their strategy, philanthropists ask themselves both about the duration of their donation ("Will I make these donations during my lifetime or will my philanthropy last for several generations? ") and on the rhythm of their giving ("Will I distribute my money through small recurring donations or a major donation on the occasion of an important event? "). In this episode, Anne-Claire Pache, Professor of the Philanthropy Chair at ESSEC, highlights the issues underlying such decisions. To illustrate the different possible approaches, we hear from two philanthropists: Juliette Feeney-Timsit (FACT, French American Charitable Trust) and Tessa Berthon (Fondation La Ferthé).

"What is the best vehicle for distributing my donations and achieving my goals? "Should I give directly to beneficiaries or through a legal structure (e.g. foundation, endowment fund or association)?"

The decision to channel all or part of one's donations through a philanthropic vehicle and the choice of the appropriate legal form to do so is a key step in developing a philanthropic strategy. The philanthropist must ensure that the characteristics of the chosen vehicle are aligned with their own objectives. It is sometimes possible to use several complementary vehicles... In this episode, Arthur Gautier, Professor and Executive Director of the Philanthropy Chair at ESSEC, explains the issues at stake. To illustrate the different possible approaches, we hear from two philanthropists: Crama Trouillot du Boys (Fonds de dotation et Fondation Impala Avenir) and Benoît Genuini (Fondation Amanjaya and Passerelles Numériques).

👉 To deepen the concepts of this podcast, discover without further delay our book Vers une philanthropie stratégique!

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