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Entries by Paul Brest from 11/2008

Strategic Philanthropy

| Posted 11.13.2008 | Business

Whether an organization is housing the poor or improving educational outcomes a philanthropist has every reason to ask whether it has a sound strategy, good track record, and good leadership.

Top-Down and Bottom-Up

| Posted 11.20.2008 | Healthy Living

Philanthropy is inevitably top-down in the sense that a philanthropist must choose his or her goals. No philanthropist would fund both a group advocating for gay marriage and a group seeking to ban it.

The Philanthropist: Investor or Contractor?

| Posted 11.28.2008 | Business

At one end of the philanthropic spectrum is unrestricted, core, or general operating support, where the funder buys into an organization's mission with no interference.