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Taking the Time to Learn in Transition: How the Ford Foundation Board Revamped the Traditional CEO Search

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

GEO recently convened a diverse group of foundation trustees and CEOs at the Ford Foundation in New York. This meeting was constructed as an opportuni...

"Too Strong for Our Support" -- How Does That Logic Work?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Imagine you're a foundation program officer funding in the area of youth development and education. You're approached for renewal support by a nonprof...

Pointed Reflections From a Long-Time Leader in Philanthropy

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In her last public act before retirement, Valerie S. Lies, the long-time president and CEO of the Donors Forum in Chicago, took the opportunity to speak truth to power and to leave the field that she so loves with several calls for action.

Do as I Say, Not as I Do?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Are there ways in which your practices and values might be misaligned? What might you do to explore that question with your board and staff?

Turning Lessons 'Listed' Into Lessons 'Learned'

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Clearly failure is a universal experience. Yet the stories illustrated that how a person responds to failure says much more about him or her than the failure itself.

"Fearless Philanthropy: Reaching Out, Taking Risks and Achieving More": A Conversation with Jean Case

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

I had a chance to talk with Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, about their commitment to make big bets, innovate, learn from failure, collaborate and do it all with a sense of urgency.

Cliffs, Cuts and Change: Facing Austerity and Crises, Will Philanthropy Adapt or Delay?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

This is the time for philanthropy and the wider nonprofit community to talk about what we have learned from the recession as a starting point for confronting continued uncertainty and this next set of challenges.

7 Must-Haves For Nonprofits Planning To Scale

Geri Stengel | Posted 08.24.2012 | Impact
Geri Stengel

In a world where social needs are increasing and resources decreasing, it's critical to scale organizations that efficiently and effectively address ...

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.