February 28, 2014
What does it take to develop a clear foundation strategy? After observing over a dozen FIRG presentations, I think I have finally put my finger on at least part of the answer: inside and outs
February 11, 2014
Several speakers at the Foundation Impact Research Group (FIRG) have observed, at least in passing, that competition among grantees for foundation grant dollars is increasing.
February 6, 2014
You need to be more than a bit interested in foundations to make it all the way through the new president’s letter from the F. B. Heron Foundation. (That’s not just our opinion. Heron President Clara Miller accompanied the letter with...
January 13, 2014
In his multiyear chronicle of the of the AVI CHAI Foundation’s gradual sunset, Center director Joel Fleishman continues to track how the foundation (with ass
January 8, 2014
Discussions of strategic philanthropy, with their emphasis on big ideas and root causes, can sometimes treat the implementation of new policies as essentially a tactical matter —
December 17, 2013
The popularity of time-limited philanthropy, which appears to be growing, runs especially high among two groups of foundation leaders.
December 13, 2013
Through some combination of interest and luck, I have been listening to a lot of discussion of Social Impact Bonds, which are also known as Pay for Success programs, recently (see below for sources/more information). Social Impact Bonds are a...
December 4, 2013
Among the simpler approaches to strategic philanthropy — verging on the simplistic — is the venerable Demonstration Program. In the idea’s most basic form , a foundation supports a new activity in three to five places, “...
November 26, 2013
In 2001, when Paul Grogan was named president of the Boston Foundation (the nation’s 15th largest community foundation in 2012), it was understood that the revered but diffident institution was headed for an abrupt change in profile.