Effective Communities Project
A specialized magazine offering practical help for grantmakers, community organizations, nonprofits, evaluators, donors, activists, and advocates.  Timeless lessons of nonprofit and philanthropic effectiveness.  

SOCIAL JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

  • Dignity gap
    Since I made such a big thing about dignity in my last post, can we acknowledge something like a “dignity gap?” Not trying to introduce new jargon, but the notion is this: We’re familiar with [...]

EFFECTIVE PHILANTHROPY DEPARTMENT

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

  • Assist disadvantaged groups
    Early in my professional life, the Dayton Hudson Foundation (predecessor to Target Foundation) came to me with this challenging opportunity.   “Forty percent of our grantmaking budget is now dedicated to what we’re calling ‘Social Action.’  [...]

PROGRAM EVALUATION DEPARTMENT

  • There seems to be an obsession in philanthropy these days with “data driven decision making.” There is no argument in philanthropy less productive than the supposed fight between strategic vs. compassionate grantmaking. It’s the “versus” [...]

NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

STEVE’S BOOK