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Blog: More than the Poor Cousin

Monday
May072018

Reflections from Hungary on helping donors walk the talk

I was recently recovering from the results of the general election in Hungary, and desperate to find new ways to advance my work, when I came across How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do To Help Make That Happen by Jenny Hodgson and Anna Pond, a new leadership paper from GrantCraft and the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy. Having read a decent amount about how to practice and promote community philanthropy, I was glad to find a publication that aims to support “big donors” (or brave staff of big institutional donors) interested in going beyond paying customary lip service to the topic and to delve into it meaningfully.

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Thursday
May032018

“Déjà vu all over again”: The short attention span and the cyclical obliviousness of the philanthropic and development industries

The philanthropic and development industries have much in common: ever-expanding jargon; genuine concern for the people at the bottom of the pyramid; a growing focus on evaluating impact - just to randomly name a few of the thousands of similarities. But in what follows I concentrate on a singular joint foible: their respective razor-slim bandwidths for learning.

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