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Event Highlights--Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results

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Published on Jun 16, 2011

May 23, 2011
Speakers in order: Thomas Tierney, Kristi Kimball, and Jeff Cain

A new book by Thomas Tierney, co-founder and chairman of The Bridgespan Group, and Joel Fleishman, a professor of law and public policy at Duke University, discusses how to get the best results from philanthropy. In Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, they argue that effective grantmaking demands rigorous inquiry around six questions:

What are my values and beliefs?
What is "success" and how can it be achieved?
What am I accountable for?
What will it take to get the job done?
How do I work with grantees?
Am I getting better?
Business guru Jim Collins calls Give Smart, "a great gift to the world. By asking questions -- the right questions -- Tom Tierney and Joel Fleishman guide, advise, challenge, and, as with all great teachers, push us to find our own best answers. If you want your philanthropy to be useful -- changing lives, solving intractable problems, making society work better -- then engage deeply with this book!"

That is just what we did on May 23, along with co-author Thomas Tierney, Kristi Kimball from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Jeff Cain from Philanthropy Daily. Bradley Center Director William Schambra moderated the discussion.

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