Field Notes: Is the Old Philanthropy Model Obsolete? |

Field Notes: Is the Old Philanthropy Model Obsolete? |.

“Obsolete” is usually a word we use for technologies, not institutions developed for addressing society’s most intractable problems, which are built to stand the test of time.  Or are they? In a Chronicle of Philanthropy article, William Burckart and Steven Godeke, advisers to philanthropic foundations, say the traditional operating model governing how most foundations are run is in danger of becoming obsolete.  In the interconnected modern world, foundations that fail to innovate run the danger of negatively impacting their own mission goals:

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