Foundations hold troves of important research and evaluations. But how do they decide what parts of this to publicize, how, and for what audiences?
By at least one measure, the Kresge Foundation has made the biggest bet, among all national foundations, on the future of Detroit. The question is: What led them to accept the risk?
Here’s a further thought on my last post, about the Kresge Foundation’s ambitious, high-risk effort to help Detroit come out of bankruptcy as a stronger, more stable city.
A recent talk by the president of the Kresge Foundation sheds light on the path by which Detroit emerged from bankruptcy last Friday, and the pivotal role of philanthropy.
Those who doubt foundations’ real appetite for risk make a strong case. But then comes the Kresge Foundation and its efforts to help Detroit survive bankruptcy — a crisis that many people have considered near-hopeless.
Foundations’ passion for grouping their grantees into networks may lead to quicker learning and more efficient operations. But it sometimes leads nowhere at all.
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Stay awhile and explore the features we've added, like the Time-Limited Philanthropy section, which highlights the Center’s extensive work on foundations that are spending out their endowments and completing their work on a fixed schedule. Take a look at our streamlined Case Study Database, with over 600 case studies of philanthropy in action.
Last semester’s talk by John Ettinger, about foundations’ efforts to network their grantees, continues to draw a lot of thoughtful reaction. This guest post comes from an expert on the topic, Marty Kearns of Netcentric Campaigns.
Our Foundation Impact Research Group presentations will feature a compelling slate of speakers in Spring 2015. Please mark your calendars to attend these exciting events.
Christopher G. Oechsli
President & CEO
Wed. January 28, 2015
A new report shows philanthropy and civil society coming to life in the great emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
In the United States, when we wonder how the philanthropic urge begins, and how it grows, we tend to seek answers mainly in the realms of philosophy and psychology: what motivates people to give, what values attract their support, and what satisfactions they derive from giving.
The newest installment in our ongoing chronicle tells about the year The Atlantic Philanthropies defined how it was going to end, and what its final goals would be.
Several weeks ago, Chris Oechsli, The Atlantic Philanthropies’ CEO, posted an online essay whose headline declared that Atlantic is “NOT spending down.” In no time, a couple of old friends and foundation-watchers wrote me to ask, “What?! When did they change their minds?”