Posts Tagged 'Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best'

Can We Still Improve Philanthropy?

Charles Hamilton

By Charles H. Hamilton
Senior Fellow, Philanthropy New York

Being away from the day-to-day administration of a foundation has allowed me some time to think about how philanthropy can be improved. That is a huge topic that can’t be given justice in this short piece. It is also a topic that has naturally led me to Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best, recently published by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. The five articles that Paul Brest wrote about Criteria were quite good, but most of the commentary and responses from NCRP have proven to be too partisan to be useful or interesting. The Criteria offers a lot to like and think about, but I was struck that it may be remembered for falling back on two common but misleading approaches that will not improve philanthropy: (1) quantitative measures that actually divert attention from determining effective philanthropy, and (2) seeing the source of foundation dollars as “partially public,” which is a profoundly troubling abrogation of the value and independence of philanthropy and the entire independent sector.
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What’s “Best” in Philanthropy: A Debate Recap with Aaron Dorfman and Adam Meyerson

Aaron DorfmanAdam Meyerson






Philanthropy New York proudly hosted a recent debate between Aaron Dorfman (pictured left), Executive Director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), and Adam Meyerson, President of The Philanthropy Roundtable, that focused on issues and concerns raised by NCRP’s recent report, Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best: Benchmarks to Assess and Enhance Grantmaker Impact.

We asked Mr. Dorfman and Mr. Meyerson for a follow-up to their debate, which they both graciously provided.
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