The Philanthropic Learning Organization

Darling, Marilyn J.
January 2012
Reflections;2012, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p1
Academic Journal
In the wake of the world economic crisis, philanthropic organizations - like organizations in other sectors - have been forced to scrutinize the return on their grantmaking investments more carefully than ever before. Because many traditional grantmaking practices are too slow to help foundations manage risk through the ability to adapt and innovate, some foundations are seeking to better integrate real-time evaluation and learning into their operations. In this research project, Marilyn Darling and her colleagues found that the more skilled a foundation gets at closing the learning loop, the more innovative it can be in accommodating new thinking. A clear learning agenda thus helps a foundation mitigate the risks involved in placing its full heft behind new, more strategic approaches to social change, so that foreseeable and unforeseeable consequences do not torpedo an otherwise worthy collective effort. And when learning is in service of the real work at the heart of the foundation's mission, the ultimate outcome should be stronger networks and greater impact. INSET: Good Practices.


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