Richard Marker

Richard Marker

Internationally recognized philanthropy speaker/professor/advisor to philanthropists, foundations, & funders.

Greater New York City Area

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Richard Marker's Overview

  • Senior Fellow at NYU Center for Philanthropy
  • EVP/CEO at Bronfman (Seagram) Foundation
  • International VP at Hillel Foundation
  • MidWest Director at Hillel Foundation
  • President at The Solutions Group
  • Associate Chaplain at Brown University

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Richard Marker's Summary

We are independent philanthropy advisors and educators; we help with strategies of your grantmaking. How much money you have or don't have is not relevant - but helping you make wise choices is. And, to clarify something which seems to befuddle people: We do NO fundraising; we only work with those who give money, not those who are hoping to raise it.

R. Marker is a philanthropy advisor and professor with extensive experience working with families, foundations, and philanthropists around the USA and other countries. Author: "Saying 'Yes' Wisely: Insights for the Thoughtful Philanthropist"

Marker is a popular public speaker. He has lectured in 40 States, 39 countries, 5 continents. [Professional member of National Speakers Association/Global Speakers Federation]

In 2002, largely on a pro-bono basis, Marker founded what is known as the NYU Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education. He continues as one of the faculty in the oldest and most comprehensive university program exclusively for philanthropists and foundation professionals. Since its inception, the Academy has taught many hundreds of funders from 23 countries and throughout the United States. He has also taught and lectured about philanthropy at numerous other universities in the USA and elsewhere..

Specialties: Helping funders with strategies - esp in times of change; partnerships; venture philanthropy; multi-generational philanthropy and succession issues; exit strategies; foundation policy review; foundation retreats and workshops. I also have worked with a number of wealth management groups to help them with philanthropy expertise for their clients. Recently we have added 2 new offerings in response to feedback from past and potential clients: 1. An expedited strategy process for individuals or couples and 2. Short-term interim executive roles during times of foundation transitions.

Richard Marker's Experience

June 2002Present (12 years 4 months)

Founder and Faculty

NYU Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education

2001Present (13 years)

March 2000January 2012 (11 years 11 months)


Bronfman (Seagram) Foundation

February 1998February 2003 (5 years 1 month)

International VP

Hillel Foundation

June 1995January 1998 (2 years 8 months)

MidWest Director

Hillel Foundation

June 1982June 1995 (13 years 1 month)


The Solutions Group

19891993 (4 years)

Associate Chaplain

Brown University

August 1971June 1982 (10 years 11 months)

Richard Marker's Skills & Expertise

  1. Philanthropy
  2. Foundations
  3. Funding
  4. Venture Philanthropy
  5. Public Speaking
  6. Strategic Planning
  7. Social Entrepreneurship
  8. Governance
  9. Blogging
  10. Published Author
  11. Engaging Public Speaker
  12. Thought Leadership
  13. Intergenerational Wealth Transfer
  14. Non-profits
  15. Nonprofits
  16. Program Development
  17. Entrepreneurship
  18. Teaching
  19. Leadership
  20. Grants
  21. Strategy
  22. Leadership Development
  23. Workshop Facilitation
  24. Board Development
  25. Social Justice

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Richard Marker's Organizations


    Chair/Vice Chair
    • July 2007 to June 2011

    IJCIC, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, is world Jewry's official liaison group to other world religious bodies. The consortium represents all of the major religious streams and major communal bodies with this agenda. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in Paris, Feb 2011.


    Exec comm; Grants Committee; Endowment Committee; Board
    • May 2002 to May 2011
  • National Speakers Assocation - Professional member

    NY Chapter Board, 2008-12; treasurer, '08-11]; member of DC Chapter- Aug 97-Feb 98
    • August 1997 to Present
  • Board of World Religious Leaders

    Founding Co-Chair
    • May 2005 to December 2012
  • Bikkurim

    • May 2005 to Present
  • AJCommittee

    Vice Pres of Chicago and Washington DC chapters
    • July 1985 to June 1998
  • Board of Campus Religous Leaders

    • July 1989 to June 1995
  • Association of Hillel and Jewish Campus Professionals

    • December 1978 to December 1980
  • International Coalition for Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding

    Steering Committee
    • April 2008 to June 2012
  • Council on Foundatoins

    • September 2012 to Present
  • Philanthropy New York/NYRAG

    Member and committees
    • February 1998 to August 2013
  • Bridge of Understanding

    • November 1989 to January 1998

Richard Marker's Publications

  • Saying 'Yes' Wisely: Insights for the Thoughtful Philanthropist

    • Blooming Twig Books
    • June 2009
    Authors: Richard Marker

    A collection of essays, all by Richard Marker, relevant to all who give philanthropically. Written over a 10 year period, these essays are of interest to those with limited means as well as ultra high net worth individuals. Newest edition - Nov 2011

Richard Marker's Education

Brown University


Friends Select School


Richard Marker's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

Over the years, I have served in leadership capacities of many other local, national, and international boards.

Honors and Awards:

Forbes interview: ['12]; Featured in full length article in Lifestyles magazine [06]; honored by NYU for teaching excellence [07]; received first Burman Award by NY National Speakers Association [08]; delivered baccalaureate addresses at Brown University [82], St Johns [Annapolis] College [97]; ....

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