Monthly Archives: April 2014

So-called “Effective Philanthropy”

Our rejection of so-called “effective philanthropy” is nuanced. We think it a mistake to make decisions based on a short-term view and based on metrics that can’t measure the immeasurable, such as the impact of a given education on a given child. At the same time, good data, such as financial data, inform our decisions. […]

Maximum Viable Contempt

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is at it again, fawning over a flavor of the month. Now it’s ” … a new management approach popular in Silicon Valley known as ‘lean start-up.’ The principles, which are increasingly popular among nonprofits, emphasize experimentation ….” The Chron’s handy “Glossary of Terms for a Hot New Management Approach” includes: […]