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 [...]

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 [...]

Philanthropy Bookshelf Additions

Philanthropy Bookshelf Additions

When I returned to consulting, I thought I’d have more time to blog. As the first few months have unfolded, that didn’t happen. Instead, two big projects consumed my reading, research, and creative energies. You might find some of the books useful additions to your own reading list and digital or physical bookshelf. I was [...]

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 [...]