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Lucy Bernholz

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 23 April 2013

Crowdfunding healthcare

First came GlobalGiving, DonorsChoose and Kiva. These platforms brought crowd giving/lending to new heights. They also represent a trajectory of increasingly narrow area of focus for the platforms – GlobalGiving funds development projects internationally, DonorsChoose …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 12 February 2013

Evaluation at the Hewlett Foundation

  The Hewlett Foundation recently posted an internal working paper on evaluation on its website. I love this – an internal working paper posted on an external website (helloo, sharing!)

 The paper is well worth …

Special feature Lucy Bernholz 1 September 2012

Data-first philanthropy

Once upon a time we used paper maps to plan our road trips. Then came GPS systems, which were at first installed only in the most expensive cars. Then GPS became commonplace and even came …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 22 August 2012

Data dividends

Have you heard of the design company Threadless? You may know it as a t-shirt company. Or the former home of the Obama campaign’s current CTO, Harper Reed. Or you may never have heard of …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 4 July 2012

Where good happens

‘What’s up this weekend?’ I asked, reaching around my friend to the sugar packets while trying to stay out of the way of the long line of Friday-excited coffee purchasers behind me. ‘Volunteering. Hacking,’ she …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 31 May 2012

A hybrid foundation

According to Steve Case, the hottest topic for discussion at the second annual meeting of The Giving Pledgers was impact investing. This puts some emphasis on an idea that was raised at our recent ReCoding …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 4 May 2012

The most transparent grantmaker

Twitter made my day when I received this:   Check out David’s blog post for what he’s up to – here’s a short list of what he’s aiming to post. ‘I commit to publishing a …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 12 March 2012

Thinking about the future in a room full of history

It’s not often I that I get to walk in Winston Churchill’s footsteps. But recently I had a chance to think about the future of philanthropy with three dozen philanthropists, advisers, scholars and others at …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 21 December 2011

The business of the business of good

Michael Porter, the Harvard business school guru, defined how industries work in his book on competitive strategy. He drew out the relationships between competitive enterprises and their supply chains, infrastructure, distribution channels, and advocacy organizations. …

Opinion 1 Lucy Bernholz 26 October 2011

Philanthropy as infrastructure?

This is a bad idea. As a society, we should not encourage the replacement of public responsibilities by private philanthropy. Philanthropy is fickle, it’s too small and fragmented, and it’s under the control of a …