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When philanthropy’s power couple splits, Melinda French Gates’s influence could grow

As the power couple of giving splits, Melinda French Gates’s global influence in philanthropy could grow even further, reflecting her own values and interests.

Altering the priorities at a giant and well-established philanthropy seems unlikely, said Peter Frumkin, professor of social policy and practice at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy.”

“It is very hard to change directions quickly when you have a huge institution with multiyear commitments outstanding around the world,” Frumkin said.