Berman, who holds a doctorate in English literature and once lived in Sweden deciphering Old Norse. Her 36th-floor corner office on Madison Avenue is piled so high with files and books that she can barely take in a view that includes a sliver of the East River. 'There's a lot of new wealth, and people are very focused on doing something with it while they are alive.'
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit charity that was split off from the wealth management office of Rockefeller Financial Services five years ago, helped steer about $150 million to U.S. and international charities in 2006, twice the amount of 2002, said Berman, the chief executive. In 2007, Wall Street bankers and traders sharing more than $36 billion in bonuses may help drive the donations Berman's group advises on to $170 million or more, she said."