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Philanthropic Failures Are Not Always a Bad Thing

Yes – there is failure in philanthropy. And it’s a good thing. Last month, well before the SSIR article, “Getting the Best Possible Failures in Philanthropy” was released, I was talking with a funder about taking risks and possible failure. … Continue reading

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Only Funders Can Change Their Own Behavior

When airlines first started introducing Wi-Fi on planes many years ago, I loathed the idea. I appreciated the quiet, uninterrupted time to read, respond to emails that wouldn’t be sent until we landed, and update my “to do” list. Now … Continue reading

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Term Limits for Program Officers Could Be Beneficial

I had never heard of a foundation imposing “term limits” for their program officers, but I love the idea of it! And I’m impressed that the Hewlett Foundation has taken that step. It’s an important one. Before I even read … Continue reading

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Foundation Program Officers: Is It a Privilege? (Part 2 of 2)

Earlier this week, I posted a blog on CEP’s recent report: “Benchmarking: Program Officer Roles & Responsibilities.” I shared some general reactions, but I have a few more thoughts to share. It’s fascinating – and worrisome – that only 52% … Continue reading

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Foundation Program Officers: Let’s Take a Deeper Dive (Part 1 of 2)

About 8-9 years ago, I really wanted to work for a foundation. I had a lengthy history in the nonprofit sector, some of which included grantmaking to other qualified organizations. Rather than asking for money, I longed to be on … Continue reading

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Clinton Vs. Trump on Philanthropy: Who Cares?

Both Presidential candidates are claiming to be philanthropic, and both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have their own foundations. The Nonprofit Quarterly just issued an article entitled, “The Influence on Philanthropy on the Presidential Election.” I read it with interest … Continue reading

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What Kind of Doctor Would You Choose?

“If you were facing a seriously medical condition, would you choose the most effective doctor, or the cheapest?” This was a question raised by David Miller of The Denver Foundation at the Partners in Philanthropy luncheon in mid-November. The point … Continue reading

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“Our Plan Flopped”

The Philanthropy Roundtable recently published an article written by the Walton Family Foundation entitled, “Rebounding from Philanthropic Failure.” The subtitle stated, “Our plan flopped. We didn’t give up. We changed course.” I immediately digested the article, in which the Foundation … Continue reading

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What’s on Your “Stop Doing” List?

Phil Buchanan’s opinion piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy (“In search of the Magic Formula for Philanthropy”) caught my eye. He says, “You can’t flip through more than a few pages [of philanthropic journals] without finding an article with the … Continue reading

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If You Want to Give Radically, Get to the Root Cause

Many of us have heard the old cliché: if you want to understand the reason for something, ask “Why?” five times. Only then will you start to really understand what is happening and the cause. This is true when it … Continue reading

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