Lunch & Learn 3
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
What does it mean to say that philanthropy is 'strategic'? Perspectives from the Netherlands
For a long time, philanthropy was the sole expression of its donors’ values and charitable intents. Philanthropy was considered valuable insofar it helped to fund important social needs through generous private donations. However, with the growth and modernization of the philanthropic sector, many problems have surfaced with this ‘traditional’ approach in terms of effectiveness, accountability, and legitimacy. Today, a growing number of experts and managers call for a “strategic” philanthropy. What do they mean by that? How can donors and philanthropic advisers craft an effective strategy to channel their funds? How should fundraisers and beneficiaries deal with these new practices?
- Lucas Meijs, Professor at the Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP), Rotterdam School of Management.
- Boudewijn de Blij, Executive Director of Fonds 1818.