Intrepid Philanthropist Blog

Fourth Future: Renewal

October 2, 2009

My fourth scenario focused on a long-overdue renewal. There is nothing like a crisis to focus attention on needed improvement. Mergers and acquisitions can be a sign of desperation or a way to stre

Third Future: Winnowing of the Sector

October 1, 2009

My third scenario centered on a winnowing of the sector. At one point last fall, I predicted that as many as 100,000 mostly smaller nonprofits would disappear during the recession. This number was

Anecdotes ≠ Data. And Yet . . .

September 28, 2009

The deepest economic recession of the century may be technically over, at least according to Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke, but the jobless recovery it has produced continues take its


September 15, 2009

Using Joel Fleishman's book The Foundation: A Great American Secret as his jumping-off point, Mario Morino of Venture Philanthropy Partners writes provocatively about how foundations and n

Welcome . . .

September 15, 2009

Welcome to the new website of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society.
And welcome, too, to our new blog, the Intrepid Philanthropist.



Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation