Tackling the information gap

David Bonbright

The philanthropy sector’s information infrastructure is wholly inadequate

Most discussions of philanthropy infrastructure focus on organizations. I want to focus instead on information. The first thing to say is that the way the social sector organizes information is woefully unfit for purpose.

There are three main groups involved in our sector: those meant to benefit from philanthropy and social change (the primary constituents), the implementers of efforts to create social value, and the funders. What information do each of these three groups need to make effective decisions?

Primary constituents

 
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