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Talking Philanthropy: Phil Buchanan, President, Center for Effective Philanthropy

October 28, 2011

In the latest installment of their Talking Philanthropy podcast series, hosts Larry Blumenthal and Bill Silberg talk to Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, about the current state of foundation assessment. A recent survey by CEP, which helps foundations do a better job of evaluating their work, took an in-depth look at the current thinking around assessment of philanthropic work and revealed some interesting trends.


Running time: 00:15:44

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What do you think? Are foundations moving too far in the direction of data collection and assesment at the expense of innovation? Is the recent passing of Apple CEO Steve Jobs a reminder, as Buchanan suggests, that there's a "real difference" in the way consumer products are developed as opposed to finding solutions to social problems? And where do you think foundation assesment is heading?

Have a topic you'd like to hear Larry and Bill address? Let us know in the comments section below, or drop us a line at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

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