Can Organized Philanthropy Learn To Learn?

Since posting Is There A Role For Philanthropy In Renewing Democracy a month ago, several colleagues have suggested that organized philanthropy (i.e., foundations and funds) need to get their own houses in order before they worry about such issues as renewing democracy. In fact, one writer suggested that I write about what democracy can do to renew philanthropy!

Coincidentally, Learning in Philanthropy: A Guidebook, crossed my desk.  Published by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), this practical handbook posits that in order for foundations to make lasting progress toward the goals that they share with their nonprofit partners and communities, they need to be learning all the time, discovering what is happening in their communities and how change is affecting the ability of nonprofit organizations to do their work and reach their own goals.

Learn more at Forbes.