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How to Really Frighten Your Grantees!

Spine-chilling fear can be invoked in the hearts and minds of grantees when they hear their funder say, “We need to start our strategic planning.” Strategy development is important. It helps philanthropists clarify what they want to accomplish and offers a roadmap. It should lead to change. And strategies themselves should change rapidly, as conditions …

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6 Mistakes Philanthropists Make During a Crisis (and What to Do Instead)

Don’t let ‘delusional altruism’ stop you from being an effective giver. Crises bring massive social, health and economic uncertainties, challenges and hardships. They also unleash unprecedented philanthropic leadership and opportunities for transformational social change. But being an effective philanthropist requires letting go of what I call “delusional altruism”—modes of thinking and behavior that get in …

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One Guaranteed Way to Scare Your Grantees!

Nothing creates heart pounding ghoulish fear in the minds of a grantee like hearing from their funder: “We’re about to start strategic planning.” A funder undergoing strategic planning can put the nail in the coffin for grantees…at least temporarily. Philanthropic strategy development seems to last forever. During this time, and often behind closed doors, the …

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