by Yna C. Moore
There are times – numerous times – when foundations and nonprofits don’t agree on the best strategy to approaching a complex social issue. Although this is hardly news, instances of conflicting perspectives can be opportunities for learning if given the chance for constructive yet critical dialogue and self-reflection.
In his article “Under the Big Top,” Donovan contends that the prevailing approach by funders who care about homelessness is too narrow and leaves homeless people out of the strategy- and decision-making process.
The lesson I take from both articles is that one cannot underestimate the value of soliciting feedback from various stakeholders. We can ask important self-reflecting questions such as: Are we doing things right? What should we be doing differently?
What is your take-away from reading both articles?
Yna C. Moore is communications director at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).
Labels: community involvement, homelessness, Responsive Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy