Category Archives: I Can’t Make This Up

Bureaucratic Time-Suckers in Philanthropy

As I’ve often said, there are some stories of waste and counterproductivity in the foundation world that I simply couldn’t make up if I tried. This is one of those stories. Read it and see how many incidents of pointless bureaucracy and time-sucking processes you can find, then see if my list (below) matches yours. I recently was asked by a senior manager at a large foundation to submit a proposal. Time was of the essence, since the foundation’s annual budget year was about to end and this project needed to come in as part of the current budget. The senior manager’s assistant sent me a link to the foundation’s online portal to submit my proposal, which I did promptly. … Continue reading Bureaucratic Time-Suckers in Philanthropy

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I Can’t Make This Up

A colleague recently booked air travel through a large foundation’s designated travel service to attend a conference the foundation was hosting. The travel agent made it clear that her charge was to find the cheapest airfare possible and initially had my colleague waking up at 3:00 am to drive two hours in the dark to an airport further from his home, and on the return trip driving home after midnight! Luckily he was able to negotiate a more reasonable (and safe) schedule. However, in order to meet the foundation’s requirements for booking the lowest cost airfare, he had to book his trip a full day before the conference started and a full day after it ended — requiring two additional … Continue reading I Can’t Make This Up

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