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Innovative ideas for donors, foundation leaders, and philanthropists

 

Foundations

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 | 3 | 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.

 

Philanthropy

Measuring Impact Isn’t for Everyone

Collecting data to demonstrate your organization’s impact is great to do when you should, wasteful when you should not.

By Mary Kay Gugerty & Dean Karlan | Apr. 2, 2014
 
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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
 
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Philanthropy

GiveThoughtfully: It Depends on Your Point of View

Bringing a discussion of cash transfers in for a landing.

By Kevin Starr & Laura Hattendorf | Mar. 28, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Broadening the Aperture of Measurement

What research can and does tell us about unconditional cash transfers.

By Jeremy Shapiro & Johannes Haushofer | 1 | Mar. 26, 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
 

Government

Beyond Aid

As leaders across sectors convene to discuss the new global agenda, the opportunity to collaborate on a new breed of large-scale development projects known as innovative financing has never been brighter.

By Angela Rastegar Campbell | Mar. 25, 2014
 

Philanthropy

Strategic Planning and Evaluation: Tools for Realizing Results

To enable significant impact, organizations should ask three key questions and decide if formal planning and evaluation are the right approaches to finding the answers.

By Paul Carttar | 2 | Mar. 21, 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