“Social media powers social networks for social change.”
Some of today’s largest foundations are going to great lengths to transform American society in unprecedented ways. Yet surprisingly, they don’t expect -- and actually work to stymie -- criticism of such efforts.
“How will volunteers support this initiative?”
Simply posing that question to potential grantees would cause organizations to think about the role of volunteers in their work, and might even open minds and opportunities, according to
Shirley Sagawa of the Center for American Progress.
Did foundations do enough in the economic recession? Clearly it is too early to say.
Foundation leaders can no longer assume that policymakers share their view of the sector’s role – it is up to these leaders to tell philanthropy’s story in a way that can be appreciated and understood. This was among the conclusions of the members of the Aspen Philanthropy Group in their inaugural meeting last July.
Despite popular perception, it’s not one single product, epiphany or “a-ha” moment that drives innovation. From Thomas Edison’s light bulb to Apple’s multi-functional personal devices, innovation happens when a network adapts and executes using a new approach or technology.
If Congress were to double or triple the private foundation excise tax, asks Joel Orosz of Grand Valley State University, "does anyone truly think that there will be a groundswell of support for foundations" that resist?