I am a strategic advisor, author, and columnist. During a 35-year career in urban development I created Reinvestment Fund, one of the nation’s most effective community investment institutions, chaired the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and provided strategic advice to philanthropies, universities, and private companies.

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Apr 20

Many public institutions, like libraries, are funded by private money, but caution is key.

The medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides taught that anonymity represented a higher level of charitable virtue than gifts made with personal attribution. The old sage would not have made it as a major gifts fund-raiser in the 21st century.

Naming rights are the ultimate in attribution. There is not a hospital, university, symphony hall, or museum that does not sell the naming rights for buildings, schools, faculty positions, rooms, or research centers. It would be fund-raising malpractice if they didn’t.

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The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

The New Localism provides a roadmap for change that starts in the communities where most people live and work. In their new book, The New Localism, urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak reveal where the real power to create change lies and how it can be used to address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges. Buy at Amazon

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I work with family offices, philanthropies, universities, and private companies to chart strategy. I especially love working at the intersection of market discipline and public purpose.

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