Bob Hughes, VP and Chief Learning Officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a recent series of thoughtful posts on foundation strategy on the The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s blog. In the posts, he covers:
- Why foundations have trouble becoming more strategic (part one and two)
- Failure as a key to foundation effectiveness
- Foundations’ undue attraction to quantitative analysis for evaluation
- Foundations becoming better learning organization
If you’re working in philanthropy or advising donors, take some time to read through his ideas. He poses some great questions and challenges for donors and foundations working to focus their grantmaking.