Pia Infante

The Final Retreat That Never Was

By February 11, 2022

Years ago, when The Whitman Institute board put our spend out in motion, we envisioned our final retreat. A large, warm gathering of colleagues who had become friends and family would rest and reflect under the beautiful stars and trees of California’s northern coast. There would be toasts over fire pits, connection, inquiry, dancing, and…

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Dear Mackenzie Scott, Thank You For Your Trust-Based Philanthropy

By December 22, 2020

Dear Ms. Scott, Thank you. Thank you for using your very visible philanthropic platform to respond to 2020 with fierce urgency and willingness to take direction from those most harmed by its horrors. Your giving has made headlines for obvious reasons: your public profile as a woman billionaire, the sheer scale of these gifts, the…

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Spend-Out as a Marathon, Not a Sprint

By August 11, 2020

In 2015, I wrote a reflection as I concluded my first year as a funder, a timestamp in my life that goes something like this: pre-baby, pre-Trump, pre-wildfires, pre-COVID, pre-George Floyd-inspired acceleration of racial reckoning. At that time, I was preoccupied with how to keep my ego from inflating as a side effect of becoming…

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There Is No Better Time Than Now for Philanthropy to Spend Itself Out of Existence

By July 30, 2020

By Ellen Friedman , Glen Galaich, and Pia Infante Reposted with permission of The Chronicle of Philanthropy As our nation grapples with a confluence of crises, philanthropy is abuzz with how best to respond. Some are increasing payouts. Others are allowing grantees more flexibility in how they spend funds. A few have issued bonds to…

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Our Spend-out: What’s Changed, What’s Next

By and June 22, 2020

When we last wrote a reflection on TWI’s spend out, we lifted up our uncertainty and vulnerability as we looked to 2022 as well as our commitment to being transparent about the journey ahead. Here we are, over a year later, and uncertainty and vulnerability remain constant companions – as they are for just about…

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