You hear a lot from funders these days about their hunger for “dashboards” that display the latest information to guide their decision-making. Dashboards have taken over the corporate sector as part of the “business intelligence” […]
“Building Community Capacity: The Potential of Community Foundations” tells how small community foundations can get bigger, stronger, and more useful to their communities. Endorsed as essential reading in the field, this small book summarizes the […]
There’s a hopeful mantra going around in evaluation circles that “you get what you measure.” Personally, I don’t believe it; I’ve been trying to measure social justice for years, and I can’t say I’ve seen […]
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 piece seeks to show opportunities for philanthropy to intervene in the often-dismal life trajectory of vulnerable populations. Written while a Resident Scholar at the Clinton School of Public Service (Center for Community Philanthropy) at […]
The “assets model of community development,” as distinct from the “deficits model,” has really caught on in philanthropy in the last 30 years. Articulated first by John McKnight at the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, the […]
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“A strong national network of community foundations is good for communities. Community foundations can be a constant source of good new ideas, local expertise, and financial support for local programs, if they have the capacity […]