There needs to be a kind of restlessness in the work of philanthropy that will drive us to ask questions about how well we are accomplishing our goals and how we might better use our limited philanthropic dollars. Such discussions advance the work of our own organizations and of our field.

It is often easy for a foundation’s board and staff to point out that they are working on an important problem and funding good programs, and doing pretty well at both. We need to be tougher than that. The...

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