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Foundation Learning: The Case for Productive Anxiety

A greater sense of urgency can help foundations better use their strategy and evaluation data to learn, unlearn, and improve.

By Diana Scearce | 4 | Apr. 17, 2014
 
SSIR blogger Thaler Pekar is the principal partner of Thaler Pekar & Partners. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling.

Reflection Through Narrative

How international organizations gain insight, innovation, and internal alignment through story.

 
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Foundations

Experimentation: A Shortcut to Innovation

Leading organizations are placing bets on action over rhetoric.

By Meg Busse | Apr. 1, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Grantmaking, Public Policy…and Tums

Exemplary grantmakers follow evidence, not presumptions, and recognize that effective strategy requires transforming enough things, not everything.

By Michael M. Weinstein | Mar. 26, 2014
 

Foundations

Foundations for Social Impact Bonds

New research explores the role of foundations in the development of the new SIB market.

By Tracy Palandjian & Jane Hughes | 2 | Mar. 19, 2014
 

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Managing Organizational Knowledge: Five Lessons

Better knowledge management depends on knowing what you don’t know.

By Tim Hanrahan | 1 | Mar. 18, 2014
 
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Creating a Smarter Philanthropic Marketplace

Most funders are not adequately tapping into existing data and knowledge to better inform their grantmaking.

By Paul Connolly | 1 | Mar. 7, 2014
 

Philanthropy

The Rise of Design Philanthropy

The launch of the new Autodesk Foundation marks another catalytic moment for the social sector.

By John Cary | 4 | Mar. 5, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Rethinking the E Word

Broadening the definition of evidence can lead to more confident and informed philanthropic decisions.

By Katherina Rosqueta | 1 | Feb. 28, 2014
 
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Measuring Social Impact

Assessing Funders’ Performance: Five Easy Tools

Measuring impact is so tough that many funders give up, but there are some insightful and actionable tools for funders that aren’t daunting.

By Caroline Fiennes | 3 | Feb. 26, 2014