Bush Foundation charts new course – again

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Bush Foundation charts new course – again
by Jean Hopfensperger
Star Tribune
June 25, 2014

The shift in direction also is being watched by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a Washington group that recently issued a report critical of tightly focused giving — called strategic philanthropy — that had defined Bush and other major foundations for the past few years.

“What’s right about strategic philanthropy is a clear focus on achieving results,” said the center’s executive director, Aaron Dorfman. “What’s wrong is its oversimplistic, linear thinking about how change happens in the world.”

Many nonprofits work on multiple interconnected issues, he said, and become cut off from foundation dollars “because they aren’t laser-focused on a foundation’s priorities.”

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