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Devon Kearney

Letter Devon Kearney, Gary Shearer, Jo Davies and Steve Francis 6 September 2022 For Subscribers

Trust-based philanthropy is a solution not a myth

One of the most heated debates so far this year came in response to criticism of trust-based philanthropy by Jacobs Foundation CEO Simon Sommer and a piece by Charles Keidan exploring the merits of Sommer’s …

Opinion Devon Kearney 5 August 2022

How to do philanthropy strategically in a messy world

I muttered and cursed on the subway the first time I read Paul Brest’s The Power of Theories of Change. It was the heyday of the Strategic Philanthropy movement, talk of measuring impact was everywhere, …

Letter Devon Kearney 13 April 2022

Letter to the editor: Trust-based philanthropy is not a myth, it’s a solution

Like Simon Sommer says of himself, I may not know what trust-based philanthropy is. But I have a good idea of where he goes wrong. Let’s set aside the broad generalizations (‘unrestricted funding seems to …