Nonprofits need strategic philanthropy. Make no mistake about it, the need is urgent and should not be confused with “big bet” or “audacious philanthropy.” Instead of reinforcing the mythology that reinforces the bigness of philanthropy and the source of change, nonprofits need philanthropists who bring partnerships, strategic investments, and humility.
The social sector bracing for challenging times ahead and nonprofits need philanthropic partners, not philanthropy-driven “moonshots” to solve big social problems (with perhaps the exception of disease research) moonshots are a distraction. We in the middle of an unprecedented challenge to the social contract that our government has with we the people. We need leadership of a different kind from philanthropy.
Nonprofits need philanthropists and foundations to stop perseverating, be fearless advocates, engage nonprofits, give up control and fund proactively.