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Barry Gaberman

Analysis 1 Barry Gaberman 1 December 2015

Caroline Hartnell: we owe you

It was about 20 years ago that Caroline Hartnell came to my office at the Ford Foundation. She was trying to garner resources for a new quarterly publication called Alliance. I was to find out …

Opinion Barry Gaberman 1 December 2009

Fix the plumbing

Alliance will be changing to having a greater mix of columnists with the next issue so this will be my last piece under the old regime. Given that it is the last piece, it seems …

Opinion Barry Gaberman 1 September 2009

Obama mania: managing expectations

Ever since it became clear that Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States, there has been an unprecedented euphoria among civil society and philanthropy practitioners. Not since these practitioners began to …

Opinion Barry Gaberman 1 June 2009

Payout – once again (2)

My article in the last issue of Alliance was primarily targeted at making the case for perpetuity as one legitimate model for organized philanthropy. Having a robust number of models is important if you agree …

Opinion Barry Gaberman 1 March 2009

Payout – once again

Whenever there is an economic downturn, or whenever a major problem catches the fancy of a critical mass of people, a cry goes up that the foundation world must do something to address the issue. …

Opinion Barry Gaberman 1 December 2008

The sky isn’t falling …

Everyone loves to moan about a crisis, in this case an economic one. The words meltdown and tsunami are frequently used to describe the current situation. We are prone to take the most dire situation …

Opinion Barry Gaberman 1 September 2008

Strangers in the night

For the past two years I have been assisting the Global Fund for Community Foundations to consider whether it should establish itself as a free-standing entity. One of the more interesting aspects of this involvement …

Opinion Barry Gaberman 2 June 2008

A step in the right direction

From 4 to 7 May, over 3,000 people gathered in the greater Washington DC area in what I am told was the largest assembly on philanthropy in history. Some 80 plus concurrent sessions, 11 site …

Special feature Barry Gaberman 1 April 2008 For Subscribers

Leading gently towards the big global tent

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, there was in the United States a philanthropic explosion. Vast sums of private wealth were directed to the establishment of private …

Opinion Barry Gaberman 1 December 2007

Is there still room for charity in philanthropy?

I am sad to announce that the death knoll for charity having any place in philanthropy has been sounded. There are now an increasing number of books and articles that herald and champion the move …