Bill Somerville & Paul Brest Debate Highlights

It just came to my attention that the editorial team at, who filmed the Tactical Philanthropy Forum, have created “highlights” of the event. Since the full video was over an hour long, I thought I’d post this two minute clip of Bill Somerville arguing that foundations don’t take risks, that they suffer from the “Ford Foundation Syndrome,” and that community foundations suffer from a bureaucratic mess of their own making. Whew! Bill really let loose!

Next we have a two minute clip of a more restrained Paul Brest explaining the concept of Strategic Philanthropy. But note that Paul has recently been a bit less restrained in his blog posts regarding Charity Navigator and NCRP’s Criteria for Philanthropy.