Alex Johnston


President and Founder

Alex is the President and Founder of Building Impact Partners. A Certified High Performance Coach and author of Money with Meaning: How to Create Joy and Impact Through Philanthropy, he has worked with dozens of donors, philanthropy advisors, and social entrepreneurs at the intersection of personal growth and systems change. Alex is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and serves on a number of nonprofit boards including FaithActs for Education and the Trust for Learning. A graduate of Harvard College, Alex received a D. Phil. in politics from Oxford University’s Lincoln College on a Rhodes Scholarship. He lives in New York City with his wife, Caroline, and their three sons.

Fun Facts:

  • In past lives, Alex has been the pastry chef at a gastro pub, director of operations at a housing authority, a registered lobbyist, and a licensed home improvement contractor.
  • In Alex’s experience dogs are uniquely gifted as bringers of joy—especially yellow labs.

Alex’s Insights & Resources

In 2021, at the height of a global pandemic, 98 new billionaires joined the Forbes list in America alone. Collectively,...
12 / 14 / 23
A few weeks ago I shared some data about the demographics and giving habits of the ultra wealthy on my...
12 / 15 / 22
One of the biggest barriers to giving, and giving effectively, is the American taboo around talking about money and wealth....
08 / 24 / 22
Here’s what that means and why it can be incredibly fulfilling for you as a donor. One big reason funders...
11 / 24 / 21
Over the past few years, a variety of leaders in philanthropy have been calling for funders to embrace more risk in their...
08 / 03 / 21
One of the biggest barriers to high impact philanthropy is the fact that the people with the most  financial resources are rarely...
05 / 20 / 21
The last few years have seen an increasingly public critique of philanthropy, with books like Just Giving by Rob Reich, Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar...
01 / 25 / 21
If you invest $10,000 in the stock market today, you might expect your investment to grow something like this: No...
10 / 21 / 19

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