Peter was a longtime friend of GHR and a leading contributor to the world of Philanthropy. Inspired by the idea of strategic philanthropy and thinking creatively to increase the impact of philanthropy on society, he founded The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) in 1989. TPI is now a pioneer non-profit consulting firm and a leading influence of thought in the philanthropic world. Many of Peter’s revolutionary ideas are captured in his book, The World We Want: New Dimensions in Philanthropy and Social Change.
Peter played a key role in establishing the Rauenhorst family foundations--an accomplishment he took great pride in--and was instrumental in the founding and shaping of GHR's vision of improving lives by working towards a just, peaceful, healthy future. Peter’s decades of contributions as a board member and advisor cannot be overstated—he was simply exemplary, and we take great joy in having dedicated the Karoff study at our offices in his name.
An avid poet and a master of words, Peter’s poetic approach to life and philanthropy is a true testament that philanthropy and social change is an art form—one that he mastered and taught with perfection. GHR sends our thoughts and prayers to Peter’s family. We celebrate his life and the legacy he helped create at GHR and many other foundations.