By Richard Marker Why the “Fund for Success” Series To “fund success” is not the same as to “fund for success.” Many funders are very risk averse, and are only are willing to fund the most proven, evidence based projects, or the most prestigious institutions. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with that approach, that is not what is intended by “fund for success.” It means that funders should assess what would be necessary for the … [Read more...] about The “Fund for Success” Series 1: When Giving Too Much Isn’t Enough
By Richard Marker Readers, students, and clients all know that I urge all funders to take “exit strategies” seriously as an indispensable component of effective grantmaking. A workshop on this subject is a popular unit of our courses and a frequently requested conference presentation. An attendee of one of those conferences who did not attend my session had heard that I had spoken about exit strategies and contacted me to see if I would … [Read more...] about Exit Strategies – 10 Strategies for Successful Leadership Change
By Richard Marker Leadership development programs abound. It is a rare week when we don’t read of another one sponsored by an impressive organization and funded by one or more foundations and philanthropists. Why not? If we want to make change, isn’t it best to invest in leaders, either current or potential? Is there a more efficient way than to buy into the “multiplier effect”? If we want innovation, isn’t the mantra to invest in … [Read more...] about Leadership Development Programs; Are Funders too Elitist in our Approach?
By Richard Marker Early in the aughts - remember those days? - I coined the expression: “to those of you under 40, we are guests in your century.” Given how this century has gone recently, I am not sure it is much of a compliment, but it continues to be true. The ways we communicate and the ways we don’t communicate; the ways in which we express our identity, the ways in which we create and dissolve virtual communities; the ways in which we … [Read more...] about Why “Next-Gen” Misses the Point
Our philanthropy world is being challenged no less than American society as a whole. By Richard Marker [This post is NOT a political statement. Regular readers should be pretty clear where I stand on unfolding events so I feel it is important to begin with that clarification about the content of this essay.] As an advisor and educator about philanthropy, many have been asking me “what now for philanthropy?” I am aware that many of us … [Read more...] about What is Philanthropy’s Role Now?