December 5, 2016
Foundation CEO Angst: Moral Imperatives and Insomnia
Phil Buchanan and Ellie Buteau
Stanford Social Innovation Review
More than two-thirds of the CEOs of large, staffed foundations in the United States believe foundations have the potential to make a significant difference in society. That’s the good (and perhaps hardly surprising) news in a new report from our organization, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP).
But there is bad news, too, and some may find it more surprising. A much smaller proportion—just 13 percent—of the 167 foundation CEOs responding to a survey we fielded believe that foundations are making a significant difference today. Instead, most characterize the current difference foundations make as “moderate” and cite a number of barriers that impede foundation impact. For the most part, foundation leaders point the finger not at others—such as their grantees or the government—but at themselves, with two-thirds saying internal barriers at their own foundations are getting in the way of greater impact…>read more.
October 4, 2016
Ditch Strategic Philanthropy — but Don’t Throw Out Strategy With It
Phil Buchanan and Patti Patrizi
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Recently, there has been a kind of backlash against “strategic philanthropy.” The term has come to take on some very negative connotations, conjuring up images of arrogant, overpriced consultants and their large foundation clients issuing top-down edicts that are ineffective and divorced from the realities nonprofits face.
Strategic philanthropy, in this conception, is seen as overly formulaic and linear, denying the complexity of the tough, interdependent challenges foundations and nonprofits try to address. Moreover, feedback from grant recipients is usually absent, because the idea is that the donor knows best.
Maybe it’s not surprising, then, that even prominent proponents of strategic philanthropy are having second thoughts. Hal Harvey wrote a much-discussed mea culpa that was published earlier this year byThe Chronicle of Philanthropy (“Why I Regret Pushing Strategic Philanthropy,” April 4)…>read more.
September 7, 2016
Black Lives Matter partners with charity in sign of growth
Take Two (89.3 KPCC)
Phil Buchanan, president of CEP, recently joined Alex Cohen, host of the radio show Take Two to discuss the implications of the recently announced partnership between International Development Exchange’s (IDEX) and the national Black Lives Matter movement. Take Two explores news and culture through the lens of Southern California and is the top-rated public radio show in the country’s largest market on the West Coast. KPCC reaches an audience of over 800,000 listeners….> listen here