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Sean Stannard Stockton

What Are You Reading?

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

Whenever I interview someone - or am being briefed by a client for whom I'm writing a speech - I always ask, "What are you reading?" It helps to know ...

Philanthropy at its Somewhat Myopic: Mistaking Means and Ends

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

The most significant of NCRP's grantmaking requirements is that 50 percent of a foundation's grants be for general operating support (GOS) -- unrestricted support for an organization.

The Role of the Philanthropist: Evidence-Based Theories of Change, Round II

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

Yes, any public benefit activity should be executed according to a plan. But I refute the assertion that philanthropists are the ones charged with designing a theory of change.

Why Evidence is Essential in Defining the Missions of Non-Profits

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

I believe that a great nonprofit organization is ultimately only as good as its theory of change. There is considerable knowledge about what works and what doesn't work in particular contexts.

Guest Post: Sean Stannard-Stockton

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

The theory of change concept makes sense in a static landscape. But it fails in a dynamic landscape, where what you learned on your last trip might not apply this time.