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Comments on CitizenPost: Can Philanthropy Be Citizen-Centered: Part 2: The Chronicle of Philanthropy Piece on Foundations Using “On Line Voting”





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Great work, Cindy!Drives me crazy when journalists...

2007-07-25T23:51:00.000-05:00

Great work, Cindy!

Drives me crazy when journalists fail to provide the context and simplify things esp. In a trade publication read by people who in fact share a base of knowledge and jargon...

My only addition would be that the popularity contest also favors executive directors who share the same backgrounds and alma maters as those from whom they seek money...Most efforts



Great conversation, everyone. Like Jon, I'm a "lo...

2007-07-25T18:41:00.000-05:00

Great conversation, everyone. Like Jon, I'm a "long-time" reader and first-time poster...though my dog-eared copy of Citizens at the Center would beg to differ... :)

One of the things that is tangential to this conversation is also government openness. I know, it may seem as though that's either an oxymoron or a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. I work with an organization in the U.K



I agree with everything here. ANYTHING that helps ...

2007-07-25T13:09:00.000-05:00

I agree with everything here. ANYTHING that helps open up and demistify the funding process would help. I also agree that this (voting, etc.) is just one method, and there could be many others. For example, most nonprofit folks I talk to agree that if they were funders they could find out within hours (or days) who is doing the most interesting and innovative work in any given field. All you need



I have a simple idea that might move us in the dir...

2007-07-24T10:52:00.000-05:00

I have a simple idea that might move us in the direction of involving the so-called "real people" in the decision making - and asset allocation -- of grant-makers: What if foundations were required to have a percentage of their staff (over 50% ideally) come from a background of working in the non-profit sector? If former Executive Directors, Directors of Development, Programs Directors and



As Cindy says, the Chronicle's story was "fairly b...

2007-07-24T09:08:00.000-05:00

As Cindy says, the Chronicle's story was "fairly balanced and thorough," but it put most of the focus on the voting part of this grant competition. A vote can be "gamed" or manipulated in various ways. It doesn't necessarily reflect a group's judgment, nor does it necessarily increase accountability to the public (since the whole public won't vote).

I like the Case Foundation's



Three thoughts came to mind while reading this pos...

2007-07-24T08:56:00.000-05:00

Three thoughts came to mind while reading this post - and the last few posts (long-time reader, first-time poster?)...

1. As hard as it might be to believe, government, including Congress, could provide some lessons for engaging citizens in decision-making. Briefings, hearings, one-on-one informational meetings (including lobbying) are all ways that citizens - and, yes, K St.



Read a review of the Case Foundation's MIYO progra...

2007-07-24T08:00:00.000-05:00

Read a review of the Case Foundation's MIYO program at:
http://www2.democracyinaction.org/node/558