Notes on the Limitations of Strategic Philanthropy

Publication date: 
January, 2013

While there are benefits to strategic philanthropy, organizations should beware of taking the trend too far. This exclusive Nonprofit Quarterly piece looks at how foundations can move beyond strategic philanthropy to:

  • Reclaim opportunistic grantmaking;
  • Restore direct service and empowerment of the poor;
  • And restore a global vision for the philanthropic sector.

As author Thomas Scanlon concludes about the Public Welfare Foundation’s adoption of a strictly strategic approach to philanthropy, “We threw the PWF baby—and many of its best qualities—out with the bathwater.”

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