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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portf...

2007-03-05T10:28:00.000-08:00

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio is sponsoring the Games for Health competition as its first foray into prize philanthropy. I talk more about this on the Pioneer Portfolio blog, here.
Chinwe Onkyekere
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation



Problem with prizes is their worth is directly tie...

2007-03-04T17:38:00.000-08:00

Problem with prizes is their worth is directly tied to the quality of the organization giving the prize. The "Enron Creative Accounting Award" has probably lost its luster.



Great post. Is it me, or is everyone buzzing abou...

2007-03-03T11:33:00.000-08:00

Great post. Is it me, or is everyone buzzing about prizes these days?

Do you think that in the next 10 years prizes will be part of the toolkit of most new philanthropists?

I think the new breed of donors are a bit ticked-off to find out that the field of philanthropy has never really been about finding solutions to the problems of the world.

A prize is so dang practical.

And prizes are but one of many ways donors can get real. They can be effective for technological solutions, but have yet to be fully tested in the muck of organizations, communities, and nations.

The real challenge that vexes philanthropoids has always been implementation. The social sector is littered with the dead husks of solutions.

I wonder if any of your readers has thoughts on how they might also inadvertently reinforce social inequities that are so entrenched in older models of giving.