Sunday, December 22, 2002


I have been reading the book, "The Dinner Club: How the Masters of the Internet Universe Rode the Rise and Fall of the Greatest Boom in History" by Shannon Henry. I find it an interesting book generally. I note that it mentions the development in the Washington DC area of a very interesting philanthropic organization:

Venture Philanthropy Partners
"VPP was created by the Morino Institute," according to one presentation I found on the Internet, "in partnership with 30 new economy business leaders, Community Wealth Ventures and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region to demonstrate venture philanthropy as a new approach to bringing the work of the nonprofit sector to scale."

There are a lot of similar groups of entrepreneurs who might be tapped for Knowledge for Development support:

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

Entrepreneurs Foundation

Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation

Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas

Entrepreneurs Foundation of Oregon

Entrepreneurs Foundation of New England

The are also some interesting articles on the topic of philanthropy that I found on the Internet:

"Giving Back the Silicon Valley Way: Emerging Patterns of a New Philanthropy"
by Peter deCourcy Hero, President, Community Foundation Silicon Valley

Strengthening Philanthropy in Asia Pacific: An Agenda for Action

Giving on Internet Time

I have excerpted from:

"Minority Philanthopies"

the following points:

"Asian Americans, like Hispanics, send back large sums of money to their native countries. Filipinos, for example, reportedly send back as much as $8 billion per year. (The Forum of Regional Associations of Grant makers)
"The Asian American community, like the Hispanic-American community, is composed of people from multiple countries and cultures that take different approaches to giving. Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans more commonly give to mainstream organizations than Korean Americans, who prefer to give to Korean organizations. ("The Roots of Minority Giving")".

Corporate Foundations may also be considered, especially for technology related philanthropy. Some that might be considered are:

The Bill Gates Foundations
MCI WorldCom Foundation
AOL Time Warner Foundation

It might also be interesting to promote Knowledge for Development philantropy in family foundations and small foundations. Good general sites for these are:


The Association of Small Foundations

Since originally posting this I discovered the Global Catalyst Foundation, which makes grants for ICT for development.

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