Two new philanthropy blogs popped up in the last couple of days:
New Voices of Philanthropy is authored by Trista Harris, a program officer at an unnamed Minnesota community foundation:
This blog covers issues of generational change in the philanthropic sector and more broadly trends in philanthropy. This is a wide range of topics from how professional training programs in philanthropy are creating a younger applicant pool for foundation positions to how Google is revolutionizing the concept of philanthropy. We are in a unique period of time where baby boomers are retiring and Gen Xers have made it clear that they are not content with keeping the status quo in the nonprofit or foundation sectors. I believe we are in an important period of rapid evolution in the philanthropic field, which is very significant for a field has been traditionally stagnant (or based on years of history and tradition, depending on your perspective). I will use this blog to document that evolution.
Inside Foundations is authored anonymously by a program associated at one of the top 30 largest foundations:
I hope Inside Foundations will give folks on both sides of the grantmaker/grantee fence a place to see new perspectives, learn new things, and to peek over my shoulder as I learn the ropes of life in a Foundation. The biggest thing I have learned so far – giving away money is much harder than I ever thought it would be!
I look forward to reading both, but what’s the deal with anonymous blogs by foundation employees? I get why a blog like Don’t Tell The Donor is written anonymously, but shouldn’t philanthropic entities who are trying to affect social change want to get their message out? In an industry where competition serves no one and cooperation furthers the mission of all philanthropic entities, why are the major foundations not participating in the philanthropic conversation that is currently emerging online?