Innovating Next Practices for Philanthropy’s Next Decade

July 27, 2010

When the Monitor Institute first started its exploration of the evolving “future of philanthropy” ten years ago, I was one of its funders, a program officer at the Packard Foundation. A big part of what we were trying to do was to create an urgency and an awareness that the world around philanthropy was changing, and that if philanthropy was going to remain relevant and achieve its potential in the coming years,
the field—and the institutions and individuals within it—were going to need to change too.

Calling All Billionaires: Starting a New Foundation Isn’t Your Only Option

July 23, 2010

I want to thank my friends at Duke University for letting me serve as guest blogger on the Intrepid Philanthropist this past week. Offering unsolicited advice to the Friends of Buffett and Gates (FOBGs) as they consider how to make a splash with their philanthropy has been more fun than I'd imagined. And it’s reminded me of all the great things that are happening in this field, and of all the smart thinking grantmakers are doing about how best to put their philanthropic resources to work.

Is There Still a Place for the Reflective Foundation?

May 21, 2010

I’d like to conclude my stint as an “Intrepid Philanthropist” by asking a question I have been putting for several years: Whatever became of the “learned foundation”? The term refers to a small number of the earliest large private philanthropic foundations that had a sweeping concern for human improvement and a very generous timeframe. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of the 1920s are classic examples of what I have in mind. Foundations of this sort had broad mandates and very long

The Story of PROTECTA: Trying to Reconcile Organizing and Service Delivery

February 17, 2010

Two years ago, Mladen Jovanović, one of three founders of PROTECTA, a Serbian NGO, took my online executive program on strategic frameworks for NGO leaders. His analysis of the organization’s strategic challenges reflected the mission struggle many good organizations that start out focusing on advocacy have as they grow and gain donor support.


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