What philanthropy can learn from amateur writers

Over the last couple of weeks we at the Foundation have been experiencing sensory overload.  So many great conversations and meetings, the joining of minds and ideas and the incredible potential of what the future holds for philanthropy here in South Australia and more broadly.  But today, we are taking our inspiration from the world’s amateur writers.  Bear with me on this one… Failure.  Risk.  Innovation.  These are all words that we hear so very often in philanthropy but to me they tend to hold little weight.  Most foundations would…

Retiring trends

I was recently sent a link to a non-profit blog that I read with interest – ‘9 annoying non-profit trends that need to die’.  It was an easy read, in a writing style that lends itself to getting the odd giggle or smirk.  I finished the piece, for the most part agreeing with everything that had been written, and then wandered off to tackle the next item on my to-do list.  Luckily the next item on that list was making a cup of tea and so while I was standing…