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Strategic GivingThe Art and Science of Philanthropy$
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Peter Frumkin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226266268

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226266282.001.0001

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Measuring, Knowing, and Acting

Measuring, Knowing, and Acting

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(p.331) 10. Measuring, Knowing, and Acting
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Strategic Giving
Author(s):
Peter Frumkin
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226266282.003.0011

This chapter discusses the issues of measuring or evaluating, knowing, and acting in philanthropic giving. It explains that the essence of strategy consists in the achievement of fit, alignment and coherence among all five of the critical elements of the philanthropic prism, and recommends the use performance information to guide philanthropy because it can help bring some reason and method to a sector driven mainly by reaction and impulse. This chapter also argues that there is no single solution to the question of how much reason and how much reaction should figure into philanthropy and that the mix will depend both on the strategic direction established by the donor and on the problem or issue being tackled.

Keywords:   philanthropic giving, philanthropic prism, performance information, strategic giving, donors

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