Trust the People, No Strings Attached

Trust the People, No Strings Attached

It would be easy to believe that most grantmaking is complex, even to believe it should be complex. Read the philanthropy news sources. Funders are praised for their wall-sized strategy maps, multi-year evaluation projects, and drive for scientific evidence and stellar nonprofit performance. Attend nonprofit and fundraising conferences. Multi-step application processes, long application reviews, and [...]

The one where the philanthropy data geeks got it wrong

I guess you have to commend philanthropy’s paper of record - the Chronicle of Philanthropy - for trying to make fundraising data exciting with its January 17 article, Group Estimates Philanthropy Rose 13% in 2013, Clashing With ‘Giving USA’. The article pitted estimates of charitable giving from the relatively new Atlas of Giving against the [...]