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Tactical Philanthropy

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.

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.

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.