Op-Ed: Philanthropy Must Address Structural Inequities (pdf) By Steven E. Mayer. Until foundations address the structural inequities that contribute significantly to human suffering, their own … Jan 9, 2008.
This paper is the culmination of five years’ work evaluating Ford Foundation’s portfolio of grants, “Community Philanthropy and Racial Equity in the American South.” It is based on reflective, focused, and appreciative conversations with nearly 100 philanthropic organizations operating in both African American and White American settings. […]
Philanthropy by definition is a noble endeavor. Yet people want to know, “what good does philanthropy do?” The answer is hard to get, partly because philanthropy doesn’t really want to know, and evaluation doesn’t really know how to serve up good answers. This article illuminates the dilemma. […]
This parable is useful for illustrating a key dilemma in philanthropy: Do we use our charitable resources to save drowning babies one at a time, or do we look upstream for the causes of casualties […]
It’s a rare foundation that demonstrates the value of its grantmaking, its leadership role, and its values. But that’s what the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation did. Its motivation to make evident the benefits of its […]
Stephen D. Mittenthal, the former President of the Arizona Community Foundation, holds that a good grant achieves two purposes: It should allow the grantee organization to deliver something valuable to its constituents or stakeholders; and […]