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Peter Karoff

Founder & Chairman - The Philanthropic Initiative

Peter Karoff is the founder and chairman of The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an organization that in its two decades of work has managed a billion dollars of philanthropic investment in a wide range of social issues on behalf of individuals, foundations and corporations. For 25 years, prior to founding TPI, Peter was in the insurance and real estate businesses. He has been on the board of more than 30 nonprofit organizations and foundations, including Blackside Productions, producer of the PBS series, “The Eyes on the Prize,” Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst Foundation, Robina Foundation, Management Sciences for Health, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Peter is the author of The World We Want – New Dimensions in Philanthropy and Social change, (AltaMira Press – 2007) and editor of Just Money – A Critique of Contemporary American Philanthropy, (TPI Editions – 2004.) Peter’s poetry has been published and anthologized. A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia University, he received an Honorary Degree from Lesley University in 2002. He was made a Fellow of the McDowell Colony in 1989 and in 2006 became a Purpose Prize Fellow. Peter teaches in the UCSB Global and International Studies Program.