The James Irvine Foundation : 2010 Annual Performance Report
The Irvine Foundation annual performance report is really quite good. The video intro hits exactly the right sort of tone in my opinion with the president specially asking critics to engage with them. While there are understandable difficulties in measuring progress to goals, I’d like to see this report evolve over time to more directly lay out goals and then report back on specific progress and shortfalls. It is a tough challenge, but I applaud Irvine’s efforts.
The Kindness of Squirrels | Greater Good
A look at how the ways in which squirrels and other non-human species engage in adoption sheds light on the nature of altruism.
Reader Comment on Increasing Philanthropic Impact Through Criticism
Reader Prentice Zinn reacts to Tony Wang and Fredrick Hess’s urging for foundations to solicit more criticism. While agreeing with their theme, he argues that there is more criticism than they suggest.
PHILANTHROPY 2173: Broadcasting Money
Lucy Bernholz’s discusses Jonathan’s Card, an experiment with giving and receiving in the digital age.
Keep up your good work, Sean — both the thoughtful pieces and the summaries of other thinking. I receive via subscription and always take time to check out the high points.
After 11 years in community foundation world, I still wish more people were aware of this option for philanthropy. The good news is that private and community foundations alike share the challenge of measuring our results and working hard (and often cooperatively) to make the most of limited resources.
Be of good cheer and keep on sharing.
Thanks so much Emily!