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Positive Impact Philanthropy Podcast

Jan 26, 2022

Join Lori and her guest, Emily Rasmussen, as they talk about approaching philanthropy through collective giving. Emily is the CEO of Grapevine, a platform that connects philanthropists to causes that match their passions. Stay tuned as she shares how this technology has connected different communities with different goals!


Here are the things to expect in this episode:

  • Finding ways to connect donors and causes through technology.
  • How was Grapevine formed? What do they do?
  • What is the giving circle model?
  • The ripple effect of community-based giving in one’s philanthropic life.
  • And much more!



About Emily Rasmussen:


Emily brings more than 10 years of financing for impact, nonprofit and social enterprise leadership experience to Grapevine. She was the founding Executive Director of NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, launched the Lincoln Center at the Movies global media initiative, and developed innovative financing models for impact at Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. Emily has consulted on event cinema for Disney Theatrical Group, taught Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at SUNY Purchase, and spent two years developing microfinance and fair trade programs in India. She is a board member of the Harvard Business School Women’s Association, a member of the LISC Emerging Leaders Council, the AfterArts group, NOVA Impact, and a founding member of UNTITLED, an arts & business innovation initiative. Previously, she was a professional ballet dancer and performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, among others. Emily holds a B.A. from Occidental College in Diplomacy, World Affairs, and Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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