By Paul Connolly, Senior Partner and Chief Client Services Officer,
In recent years, I’ve witnessed two interesting trends in philanthropy that are particularly resonant with community foundations. First, there has been a backlash against “strategic philanthropy” and accusations that foundations have become too focused on measurement and planning, using top-down approaches instead of nimbly responding to emergent and changing community needs. I wrote about this issue in my recent article for the Foundation Review, “The Best of the Humanistic and Technocratic: Why the Most Effective Work in Philanthropy Requires a Balance,” as have many others. There have certainly been some spirited discussions on blogs and at conferences as the sector ponders the appropriate balance of humanistic and technocratic approaches.