New Resources for Private Foundations and their Donors

New Resources for Private Foundations and their Donors

“How much should we spend?” It’s a fundamental question for founders and boards of private foundations. Finding an answer becomes more complex and emotional during an economic downturn, natural disaster, or other unexpected crisis or opportunity that increases demand for funding. The best answers come from thoughtfully balancing:  your foundation’s purpose, conditions and trends facing [...]

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – bonus content

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – bonus content

After I researched and wrote about risk in philanthropy, I’ve inevitably been affected by Frequency Illusion. In this decision-making bias, an idea or term that has recently come to one's attention suddenly seems to appear with improbable frequency shortly afterwards. So, as “bonus content” to my previous posts and the piece I wrote for the [...]

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 3

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 3

In two previous posts, I wrote that I’d been researching the topic of risk in philanthropy. I tested some ideas about the topic at a conference session, co-designed with folks from the Quixote Foundation, Open Road Alliance, and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Based on my research and feedback from others, I developed this framework [...]

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 [...]