Sean Stannard-Stockton, author of the always-thoughtful Tactical Philanthropy blog, makes a good case for music as an appropriate metaphor for philanthropy. He notes that music and philanthropy can both be practiced and enjoyed at a purely personal level or at a trained, professional level. Ultimately, lasting music, and lasting philanthropy, require both art and science.
Former foundation executive Tony Pipa also weighs in with an argument that medicine is a more appropriate metaphor.
Great thinking and great exchange. Does this mean that philanthropic advisors can now be called philanthropic bandleaders or conductors?