July 30, 2014

Philanthropy's 'Fatal' Flaws and How Community Funds Can Help

Courtesy of the Santa Fe Community Foundation

Brian Byrnes

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In this episode of Making Change, Brian Byrnes discusses his views on social change and and his criticism of the sector on the eve of his transition out of traditional philanthropy as the president of the Santa Fe Community Foundation to become a full-time zen practitioner.

While philanthropy is valuable for many reasons, there are deep, fundamental flaws in the way it is practiced, says Mr. Byrnes, including an environment of competition instead of collaboration, and the plutocracy of philanthropy.

Community foundations should lead the change in how philanthropy is practiced, says Mr. Byrnes, by promoting a culture of reflection at the executive and board levels, and experimenting with ways of democratizing philanthropy.

Hildy Gottlieb is the co-founder of Creating the Future and author of "The Pollyanna Principles: Reinventing 'Nonprofit Organizations' to Create the Future of Our World." In this podcast, Making Change, she interviews leaders to discuss how those who are working for the greater good can spur more social change. New episodes of Making Change appear once a month.