Q&A: Prudential Foundation new president's local approach to global philanthropy

Shané Harris, president of the Prudential Foundation. Photo by: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA

NEW YORK — Local action is often a helpful first step forward when it comes to thinking internationally and creating global reach, according to Shané Harris, the new president of the Prudential Foundation.

Since its inception in 1977, the Prudential Foundation has given more than $850 million in grants and contributions to nonprofit organizations, with a focus on inclusive economic growth. About a third of that funding has gone back to Newark, New Jersey, home to the company and foundation’s headquarters.

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    Amy Lieberman is the New York Correspondent for Devex. She covers the United Nations and reports on global development and politics. Amy previously worked as a freelance reporter, covering the environment, human rights, immigration, and health across the U.S. and in more than 10 countries, including Colombia, Mexico, Nepal, and Cambodia. Her coverage has appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times. A native New Yorker, Amy received her master’s degree in politics and government from Columbia’s School of Journalism.