Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, Arcus Foundation

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Free to Fail: Foundation Philanthropy's Game-Changing Advantage

By Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, Arcus Foundation on 01/10/2017

This post first appeared on The Center for Effective Philanthropy blog.

The central paradox of The Future of Foundation Philanthropy can be found in one fact: while two out of three foundation CEOs think it’s possible for foundations to make a significant difference in the world, only about one out of every eight of us feel we actually are making such a difference. What’s behind this “aspiration gap,” as it has been called by The Bridgespan Group? I think it is because we are squandering the biggest advantage foundation executives have: we are free to fail.

Topics: Philanthropy
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