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Richard Marker

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

Greater New York City Area
  1. WISE PHILANTHROPY™ - Marker Goldsmith Philanthropy Advisors,
  2. NYU Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education
  1. NYU Center for Philanthropy,
  2. Bronfman (Seagram) Foundation,
  3. Hillel Foundation
  1. Brown University
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WISE PHILANTHROPY™ - Marker Goldsmith Philanthropy Advisors

WISE PHILANTHROPY™ - Marker Goldsmith Philanthropy Advisors


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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.



WISE PHILANTHROPY™ - Marker Goldsmith Philanthropy Advisors
– Present (12 years 6 months)

Founder and Faculty

NYU Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education
– Present (13 years)

Senior Fellow

NYU Center for Philanthropy
(11 years 11 months)


Bronfman (Seagram) Foundation
(5 years 1 month)

International VP

Hillel Foundation
(2 years 8 months)

MidWest Director

Hillel Foundation
(13 years 1 month)


The Solutions Group
(4 years)

Associate Chaplain

Brown University
(10 years 11 months)


  • Philanthropy
  • Foundations
  • Funding
  • Venture Philanthropy
  • Public Speaking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Governance
  • Blogging
  • Published Author
  • Engaging Public Speaker
  • Thought Leadership
  • Intergenerational...
  • Non-profits
  • Nonprofits
  • Program Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching
  • Leadership
  • Grants
  • Strategy
  • Leadership Development
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Board Development
  • Social Justice
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Chair/Vice Chair

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

National Speakers Assocation - Professional member

NY Chapter Board, 2008-12; treasurer, '08-11]; member of DC Chapter- Aug 97-Feb 98
– Present

Board of World Religious Leaders

Founding Co-Chair


– Present


Vice Pres of Chicago and Washington DC chapters

Board of Campus Religous Leaders


Association of Hillel and Jewish Campus Professionals


International Coalition for Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding

Steering Committee

Council on Foundatoins

– Present

Philanthropy New York/NYRAG

Member and committees

Bridge of Understanding


Honors & 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]; ....


Saying 'Yes' Wisely: Insights for the Thoughtful Philanthropist(Link)

Blooming Twig Books
June 2009

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


Brown University

Friends Select School

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