Category Archives: Venture Philanthropy

Philanthropy’s Exit Strategy

Many people view the role of philanthropy as something akin to venture capital. Philanthropy is suppose to find promising new nonprofits and help them grow. But their is a missing piece in this analogy. Venture capitalists eventually sell their investments to later stage investors (who are interested not so much in startups, but in more […]

GlobalGiving.org on Investing in Nonprofits

This will likely be the last guest comment I publish regarding my post Investing in Nonprofits. But Dennis Whittle, the CEO of Global Giving, a celebrated nonprofit, has offered his thoughts and the conversation to date has only included the perspective of funders. Dennis wrote: Let me validate many of the comments here based on […]

Holden Karnofsky on Investing in Nonprofits

GiveWell was one of the organizations I listed as taking the approach of Investing in Nonprofits. GiveWell founder Holden Karnofsky has added his thoughts: On one hand, I don’t believe it’s wise for a funder to withdraw completely from the “What sorts of programs work?” discussion. Many programs simply don’t work, and the state of […]

Mario Marino on Investing in Nonprofits

Many of the organizations I listed in my post about Investing in Nonprofits have added their thoughts to the conversation. Click on their names to see comments from George Overholser (NFF Capital Partners), Sasha Dichter (Acumen Fund), Paul Shoemaker (Social Venture Partners), Jeff Berndt (New Profit), and Chuck Harris (SeaChange Capital Partners). Now Mario Marino […]

Paul Shoemaker on Investing in Nonprofits

Paul Shoemaker, whose group Social Venture Partners was on my list of funders who invest in nonprofit organizations, adds his thoughts to the conversation: There is no doubt room in the non-profit capital market for multiple approaches, but the fundamental premise here is that people on-the-ground that have been living their work real-time for many […]

Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is “a coalition of more than 350 grantmaking organizations committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations.” On their website they write: Why is it important to focus on organizational effectiveness? Nonprofits cannot have impact unless they have well trained, capable staff, strong management and a committed, accountable board of directors. […]

Investing In Nonprofits

Recently I’ve been consumed with thinking about the implications for philanthropy of a mindset where donors want to achieve a certain goal they think is valuable (such as provide mentors to low-income students) and then go looking for nonprofits to help them do this vs. a model where donors go looking for great nonprofits in […]

Social Venture Partner Conference Notes

I’m back from the Social Venture Partners Conference where I had a great time. I think the vibe at the conference was pretty much summed up by the tee shirts that were for sale, which read: “Philanthropy is Hot!” (yes, the letters had flames around the edges). I have more I want to write about […]

Bill Somerville on CBS

A producer at CBS read my Financial Times column about Bill Somerville and asked Bill to take them on the same field trip that he took me on. The result is this three minute video with the news crew visiting all the same places that I mentioned in my column. Click here to view the […]

Venture Philanthropy Job

The newest listing on the Tactical Philanthropy Job Board come from Social Venture Partners: Communications ManagerSocial Venture Partners Seattle Social Venture Partners Seattle is seeking a Communications Manager. The Communications Manager will be responsible for efficiently managing Social Venture Partner’s strategic communications and brand. These strategies will result in an informed and engaged community of […]