Part of the web: Tracy and Cara on the RG Mentor Program

by Cara Romanik, RG member

Tracy is always in the same place when we talk:  her study in West Cornwall, Connecticut, at her desktop computer. There is a cherry-colored wall behind her, a bulletin board covered with mementos and pictures … Continue reading »

What We’ve Learned After a Decade of Climate Funding, and What We’re Doing Instead

Farhad Ebrahimi – RG alumni member and long-time major supporter of RG – on strategy and movement-building with his  foundation. Lots of juicy nuggets and modeling of social justice values and transparency in philanthropy. This post originally appeared at MediumContinue reading »

All In: Kristin Hull on Investing for Change

Interview of RG Alum Kristin Hull by Mike Gast, RG Associate Director, in the Summer of 2013. The focus of the interview was hearing from Kristin about what she has learned and why she is passionate about mission related investing.

Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m Kristin Hull and I am an RG alum. I’m 45 and live with my two boys in Oakland, California, where I grew up and where I am now working to build  HUB Oakland.

I first learned about RG, this fabulous organization for young people with wealth, when I was in my thirties, after my family had sold our trading business and, for the first time in my life, I knew I would have more money than I needed to live on. Knowing I would have money to give away, I had started searching out people who might help me along the path of putting the extra dollars to good use, people that were doing cool, social justice oriented things with their money. One of my sisters knew someone in the RG community and helped get me connected. (more…)

Giving in Community: Lessons from the Tracies

RG Alumni Oona Coy talking about her experience becoming part of the Tracies, a team of major donors who have committed to giving at least $10,000 a year for at least three years to RG. During the first year, the group voted on a name and decided to call themselves The Tracies, in honor of one of RG’s founding members and first Executive Director Tracy Hewat (who is also one of the initial founders of the major donor team). 

What’s most profound for me about being a Tracy is feeling connected to a group of people that have committed to supporting RG financially in a long-term and significant way. I have given to RG for many years through my mother’s family foundation and personally at the Tracy’s level. I’ve also given to many non-profits and friends and other projects. But becoming a Tracy was the first time I’ve ever felt connected to the other people giving significant gifts to any organization. This isn’t about having my name put on a plaque or being seated in the front row — this is about real conversations together. Wow, it feels different. (more…)

The Multiplying Effect

The initial gathering of inchworms my son and his friends 'saved' from a foraging robin. Their investment grew to 72 inch worms.

RG Alumni Julie McVeigh talking about her experience becoming part of the Tracies, a team of major donors who have committed to giving at least $10,000 a year for at least three years to RG. During the first year, the group voted on a name and decided to call themselves The Tracies, in honor of one of RG’s founding members and first Executive Director Tracy Hewat (who is also one of the initial founders of the major donor team). 

When Resource Generation asked me to be a Tracy, pledging to give $10,000 each year for three years, I gasped and said I couldn’t. I wanted to support RG and I thought giving $30,000 was for those who had a lot of money, not me. The most I had ever given an organization was $10,000 once to a capital campaign. In general, my husband and I gave a handful of $1,000 gifts each year. I took a deep breath and stretched to pledge RG the support of 1/2 a Tracy at $5,000/year for 3 years. (more…)

Full Circle: RG’s first Alumni Retreat

I’m just recently back from a great Alumni RG Retreat! What a wonderful opportunity to get re-engaged! I was active with RG 15 years ago. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has flown, and not only that I … Continue reading »

Zeph’s Story

I’m a mid-forties white genderqueer person born and raised in Montreal and raised again in the Mission District in San Francisco. I came from an owning-class Canadian WASP family. I can thank them for good teeth and education and vacation … Continue reading »