Philanthropy at COF: blogs, buzzwords and books

“You are a better grantmaker if you do blogs.”

Susan Berresford (ex-Ford Foundation) at the Emerging Leaders Salon, Council on Foundations 2008

“Bloggers are not reporters . . .

they bring a multi-disciplinary approach to thinking about philanthropy.”

Sean S.S, Tactical Philanthropy on bloggers.

Blogs to watch this week from the Conference:

– Tactical Philanthropy, whose 18-person blogging team at the conference is composed primarily of program officers and directors of Foundations.

– Philanthropy 2173

Council of Foundation Blog


I submitted mine on the Philanthropy 2173 blog as part of a call for crowdsourcing. I suggested these ones.

local, micro-loans, tiny, for-benefit enterprise, fourth sector, Co-operative, gift economy, leverage, wisdom of crowds, transparency,

Books to buy:

“Grassroots Philanthropy” by Bill Somerville was published in Feb. Might be worth a read.

Creating Change through Family Philanthropy: the Next GenerationCreating Change through Family Philanthropy: the Next Generation

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Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)

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