Wednesday, October 17, 2007

At EPIP, we have been busy planning for the upcoming year – chapter leader conference calls, more newsletters, website restructuring, revitalizing the blog (one result of this planning is this entry), and on…In doing research on other philanthropy blogs, I have read intriguing entries at GiveWell ( and - they both tackle one aspect of working in foundations: the decision making process for making grants. GiveWell identified 4 funding areas and are very open about their decision making process – indeed, writing about it frequently on the blog – the challenges, the specific proposals that are sent, the reasons for their decisions. Mysterious M writes about their experience as a program associate and the challenges of working inside a foundation (the foundation is going through a restructuring process in addition to grantmaking). Do you work at a foundation? What is your experience? To what extent is your foundation transparent? What, if any, changes would you make?

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