Grassroots Philanthropy

Grassroots Philanthropy

by Bill Somerville, Fred Setterberg


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597140850
Publisher: Heyday Books
Publication date: 01/10/2008
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Foreword   Colburn Wilbur     xi
Philanthropy's Untapped Potential: How Grassroots Grantmaking Can Breathe New Life into Foundations     1
One Man's Route to Philanthropy: How I Got My Start in the Foundation World     7
Getting Started: (By Getting Our Facts Straight about Foundations)     15
The Search for Outstanding People: Principle #1: Locate outstanding people doing important work     25
Grantmaking with Speed and Grace: Principle #2: Move quickly (and shred paper)     51
The Joys of Risk: Principle #3: Embrace risk     73
The Trouble with Problems and the Glory of Ideas: Principle #4: Focus on ideas instead of problems     91
Philanthropy as Action: Principle #5: Take initiative     105
Epilogue: Seven Immodest Proposals: To Make Philanthropy More Effective, Exciting, and Fun     125

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