The Coronavirus Crisis Has Changed How I View What Matters in Philanthropy
I’ve spent a lot of time these past few weeks sitting at my dining room table staring blankly at my computer and wondering “what matters” in the coronavirus era? Other times, my mind wanders to mundane questions like — when is the last time someone watered the plants?
In my 9-5 life, as vice president of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, I am spending my days wondering what matters in philanthropy. My colleagues and I have put into action plans already under way to give grantee partners more leeway and power. We are seeing all kinds of grant makers simplifying their application processes, changing their restricted project grants to general operating funds, and suspending site visits and reporting requirements. And we have joined more than 500 foundations to sign a pledge promising to support grantees in humane and realistic ways for the rest of 2020.
Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy