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Lucy Bernholz; Edward Skloot; Barry Varela

June 2010

Disrupting Philanthropy, written by philanthropy consultant Lucy Bernholz with CSPCS Director Edward Skloot and staff member Barry Varela, examines the immediate and longer-term implications of networked digital technologies for philanthropy. Case studies of FasterCures and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation show how information networks have transformed the grant-making strategies of institutional funders.

Disrupting Philanthropy also looks at how information networks have affected five common philanthropic practices: setting goals and formulating strategy, building social capital, measuring progress, measuring outcomes and impact, and accounting for the work. It then offers a glimpse of what is to come: an increase in new blendings of market-based and nonmarket solutions; of networked, often temporary alliances; and of more better and data, more readily available and at lower cost. Disrupting Philanthropy concludes by predicting that the next decade will see explosive growth in networking for good, creating opportunities for innovative solutions to large social problems.

Bernholz, Lucy, with Edward Skloot and Barry Varela, 2010. Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector. Durham, NC: Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.

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