1. New Breed of CEOs Is Poised to Reshape Philanthropy - Grant Makers

    New Breed of CEOs Is Poised to Reshape Philanthropy - Grant Makers

    A dozen of the nation’s 30 wealthiest foundations—including Gates, Ford, and Kellogg—are making way for new leaders in what may be the most significant leadership change in philanthropy in decades. The changes may soon reshape what kinds of groups get priority in the race for money and transform how philanthropy works.

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    1. There is a changing of the guard at some of the bellwether foundations.
    2. Bringing that California mentality in grant making to the Northeast is welcomed.
    3. We went through a wave of getting people from outside the field.
    4. Ford's board was looking for someone who represented the new strategic outlook on philanthropy, and they struck out.
    5. We have arrived at an interesting place in which we really defer to the local voice in our grant making—meaning local leadership, minimizing New York-initiated programs or grants in a region without consultation. That's an important paradigm shift for us.
    6. Wouldn't it be great if foundations made it clear to the world what their goals were and how they think they would achieve them?
    7. Part of what we are going to begin to see with changes in leadership is an understanding about social media, the power of communication, tools to engage, to listen.