Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker

Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker

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Overview

Set aside the mountains of paper that characterize conventional philanthropy and focus instead on forging enduring partnerships with outstanding individuals. Dare to change the world in imaginative ways that prove deeply satisfying, exciting, and (dare we say it?) fun. Based on four decades of experience as a foundation executive, Bill Somerville's Grassroots Philanthropy is an unorthodox guide to decisive, hands-on grantmaking. Straightforward, persuasive, and exhilarating, Somerville's courageous and thoughtful approach to grantmaking will energize and motivate foundation and nonprofit leaders alike.


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ISBN-13: 9781597142526
Publisher: Heyday
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 332 KB

About the Author

Bill Somerville is a nationally recognized expert on creative grantmaking. He has consulted at over 350 community foundations in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. on innovative grantmaking and effective operations. In 1991 he founded Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, which specializes in responsive approaches to grantmaking, such as “paperless” discretionary grants and grants with a forty-eight-hour turnaround.
Fred Setterberg is the coauthor, with Lonny Shavelson, of Toxic Nation, Under the Dragon: California's New Culture, and five other books, including the award-winning The Roads Taken: Travels Through America's Literary Landscapes. He has been a staff writer for the East Bay Express and editor of Travelers' Tales America, and has written for the New York Times, The Nation, and scores of other national and regional magazines. He lives in Oakland, California.
Colburn Wilbur is a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where he was the CEO for twenty-three years. Prior to that, Cole served as executive director and CEO of the Sierra Club Foundation. He was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foundations (1999–2000) and in 1999 received the COF's Distinguished Grantmaker Award. In addition to serving on the Packard Foundation Board, Cole is currently a member of the boards for Colorado College, the Institute for Global Ethics, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, The Stanford Theatre, and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Cole received both his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University and is the coauthor of The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics.

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