When Funders Should Feel Guilty About A Bankrupt Nonprofit

When Funders Should Feel Guilty About A Bankrupt Nonprofit

Last year, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) issued a new report by Nancy Burd titled “On The Money” the premise of which (in my view) was to shame donors into recognizing their culpability for the demise of what would otherwise be worthwhile nonprofits. Perhaps GEO now expects to see donor flagellation on a massive scale. But, Hold the whips! The report protests that there are just too many nonprofits and too few dollars. So, what’s new? Every day, nonprofits fold their cards and quit the game and now they’re doing it in record numbers as the economy crawls back from […]

Great Ossification!

Darwin didn’t discover private foundations. If, instead of exploring the Galapagos Islands in the Beagle, he had landed amidst a community populated entirely by private foundations, he would most certainly not have concluded that the survival of a species depends on the speed, cunning, and determination of its strongest members. Rather, he might have observed that the members rarely adapt to external conditions and we may never have understood anything about the survival of a species except for our small distorted slice of perpetuity. Even the rare mortality was most frequently the result of self-inflicted “sunset” provisions. Some observers of […]