best practices in philanthropy

Global Lessons Learned

Jun 14, 2013
TPI has always been committed to deepening the understanding and practice of philanthropy around the world. We have been privileged to work with colleagues in countries including Brazil, China, Chile...Read more ›

New Voices, Old Norms

Jul 14, 2011
By Amy Ellsworth and Lisa Spalding We have all seen this scenario. A foundation board of directors has been intact for a long time. This long-standing group has accumulated a set of comfortable norms...Read more ›

Three strikes and then what?

Jun 06, 2011
“While we do not want to place undue burdens on the organizations we support, we do feel it is essential that we know the people to whom we give grants and have assurances of their management...Read more ›

Beware of Mythical Lands

May 13, 2011
I just finished reading the complete text of Jon Krakauer’s whistle blowing expose of Greg Mortenson and his best-selling book, Three Cups of Tea ( Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson,...Read more ›

Finding a Balance

Sep 29, 2010
Last week, I posted some comments about an article that Bill Dietel and I wrote for Nonprofit Quarterly about whether and to what extent the quantitative or “technocratic” elements of philanthropy...Read more ›

What Do Donors Want Anyway?

Sep 22, 2010
That seemed to be the question behind grants recently made by the Gates Foundation to two consulting firms for developing tools and sharing best practices that will help donors make better investment...Read more ›
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