Activitely Ambivalent About the L3C

I was invited to testify in support of the L3C (Low Profit, Limited Liability Company) at hearings in Maryland this Spring. And the challenge is that I am…how else to say it…”actively ambivalent.” The L3C  is a state-level filing option for social enterprise companies that is gaining traction across the country. Recognized in at least[…]

Not a Joke: Foundations That Abuse Their Superpower, Convening

Mark Rosenman’s new report Caring to Change reminded me of my own scattered but at times impassioned critique of foundation practice. No matter how honorable the program officers, the inherent power difference between funders and nonprofits must be openly acknowledged by professionals on both sides of the funding line. Pretending it doesn’t exist or that[…]

Foundations: Innovation, Really?

Among interviewees and participant advisors to the project that resulted in the report Caring to Change, many see foundations as embodying double standards for innovation and risk. With all the trendy and appealing chatter about “innovation” and game-changing, scalable solutions (see White House, see new journals, see social venture philanthropy), I’m wondering if mainstream and[…]

Caring Enough to Change Philanthropy

I just finished reading a new report on bettering philanthropy, Caring to Change: Foundations for the Common Good, the result of a project developed by Mark Rosenman in collaboration with the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. A veteran researcher and thought leader in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector, Mark’s expertise is in[…]