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Buzz Schmidt

Special feature Buzz Schmidt 1 June 2015

Time for a new foundation for philanthropy

Philanthropic institutions and accountability – two big notions whose paths seldom cross. Whose presence in the same sentence evokes sidewise looks from lawyers and financial advisers, snickers from savvy leaders of operating charities, and anxiety …

Analysis Buzz Schmidt 18 February 2013

Divining a vision for Markets for Good

The recently launched Markets for Good initiative, promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates and William & Flora Hewlett Foundations and Liquidnet seeks to dramatically improve the information infrastructure for the ‘social sector’ to a …

Letter Buzz Schmidt 1 December 2006

How neutral are the advisers?

I read with interest Andrew Milner’s account of his conversations with foundation investment advisers in your September edition. Pressure from stakeholders usually drives changes in the investment strategies of financial institutions, but private foundations face …

Analysis Buzz Schmidt 1 September 2006 For Subscribers

Warren Buffett still has a chance to do it right

News of Warren Buffett’s $30.7 billion gift to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation reached me in Europe while I was attending a conference on non-profit accountability. The Gates Foundation would now comprise over 10 …