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Laura Starita

Analysis 2 Laura Starita and Timothy Ogden 21 November 2017

A conflict of interests: when foundations invest in arms and tobacco

How much good must a foundation do in order to justify investments in companies whose products cause harm? Take the Rockefeller Foundation, which invests some of its assets with Cerberus Capital Management, an American private …

Analysis Timothy Ogden and Laura Starita 17 January 2017

Offshore philanthropy

Organized philanthropy exists because a few individuals are able to accumulate a vast surplus of resources. Given how much good is done with philanthropic donations, it seems ungrateful to look too closely at the source …

Laura Starita 14 April 2011

Experts disagree on foundations’ role in international development

An afternoon session at the Council on Foundations conference on Sunday about international development and philanthropy’s role highlighted some disagreement about where foundations can add the greatest amount of value. This seems a fundamental question, …