Author Archives: Sean Stannard-Stockton

The Tactical Philanthropy Blog

From 2006 through 2012, Sean Stannard-Stockton authored the Tactical Philanthropy blog. At its peak, Tactical Philanthropy played host to a rollicking debate about effective philanthropy and chronicled what Sean termed The Second Great Wave of Philanthropy. Far from being just a platform for Sean’s writing, the Tactical Philanthropy blog published guest posts from some of the most prominent [...]

Strategic & Tactical Philanthropy: A Truce

Paul Brest, the outgoing president of the Hewlett Foundation, has written an elegant article for the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy. Paul helped push my thinking over the years by willingly engaging me in public debates about my ideas on Tactical Philanthropy and his views on Strategic Philanthropy. I’m honored [...]

Tactical Philanthropy Goes On Sabbatical

Almost exactly five years ago I sat down at my computer and typed out eight simple words. “Welcome to the Second Great Wave of Philanthropy.” They were the first words I ever wrote on this blog. At the time I never would have guessed that those little words would launch me on a journey of [...]

Charity Navigator 2.0 in Context

This is a guest post by Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. By Ken Berger On September 20th of this year, Charity Navigator (CN) launched a significant change to our rating system (called CN 2.0). In follow-up, Sean has kindly offered me the opportunity to put this event in the context of CN’s [...]

Philanthropy Daily Digest 10/18/2011

A Thirtysomething Billionaire Couple’s Bold Philanthropy – The Chronicle of Philanthropy A great profile of the impact focused philanthropy of thirtysomething billionaire couple John & Laura Arnold. tags: philanthropy Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Funders & Grantees: Owning the Message & Maximizing Impact

This is a guest post by Rich Polt, the founder of Communicate Good. By Rich Polt The best communications campaigns are grounded with a single, clear idea. For truly iconic campaigns, the line between idea and slogan is blurred, such that all you need to hear is the message itself and you immediately know who [...]

Giving 2.0

My friend Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is a pretty remarkable person. She is the founder of SV2, a silicon valley based donor partnership focused on venture philanthropy. After launching and teaching Stanford’s first philanthropy course, she started the school’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. And now she’s published a philanthropy book called Giving 2.0 that focuses [...]

Philanthropy Daily Digest 10/13/2011

Social Impact Analysts Association A new professional body connecting and supporting social impact analysts worldwide. The association is modeled on the highly successful Chartered Financial Analyst society, of which I’m a member. I hope this takes off! tags: philanthropy UnSectored A cool new group blog called Unsectored has launched. According to the authors, “This blog [...]

Which Nonprofits Have Room For More Funding?

This is a guest post by Holden Karnofsky, the co-Executive Director of GiveWell. GiveWell finds outstanding charities to help donors decide where to give. By Holden Karnofsky Imagine that, as a donor, you’re considering the following pitch: “For 12 years our campaign has delivered a proven preventive health measure. For the $23 million we’ve spent [...]

Philanthropy Daily Digest 10/11/2011

Billionaire Steve Jobs Died Tax-Free, Experts Say | The Trust Advisor Blog Interesting speculation on Steve Jobs’ will (or lack thereof). tags: philanthropy Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.