Is the Value of Place Declining in Philanthropy?

Is the Value of Place Declining in Philanthropy?

All of us walk around with default lenses through which we view the world. The lenses are created through our experiences and relationships, the communities and cultures in which we’re raised, and more. When we’re at our best, we’re able to separate when those default lenses provide helpful perspectives and when they limit our thinking. One of my [...]

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 1

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 1

Inviting Your Feedback! Hey there – The National Center for Family Philanthropy and I are asking for your thoughts on risk in philanthropy. For donors and grantmakers: What type of risk most concerns your board and staff? When does philanthropy feel most risky to you? For nonprofits: What types of risk seem to most concern [...]

Signals From the Future (part 3): Tools and Strategies

Signals From the Future (part 3): Tools and Strategies

When I’m asked to speak, I describe myself in three roles – philanthropist, philanthropoid, and philanthropy geek. The more practice I have in living out each of those roles, the more I find myself returning to three core beliefs: Philanthropy – voluntary action for the public good – is a big tent concept. It is [...]

Transparency in Grantmaking

If you’ve written a grant proposal, you know the drill. You send it off to the funder. If you’re lucky, the funder asks you some questions after reading the proposal. If you’re really lucky, the funder comes on-site to see your great work in action. They’ll also likely drill you for details of your financial [...]