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Trouble in Foundationland: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Peter Frumkin

In this 2004 publication, Peter Frumkin discusses the promise and perils of professionalism in philanthropy, as well as the relationship between grant-making and pay-out strategy, revisiting the themes of his essay “Three Obstacles to Effective Philanthropy,” which appeared in the original volume of working papers of the National Commission on Philanthropy and Civic Renewal. Trouble in Foundationland: Looking Back, Looking Ahead was released to the public on Hudson Institute’s website just before a January 15, 2004 panel discussion on the monograph, hosted by the Bradley Center and attended by over fifty nonprofit administrators, foundation leaders, members of the press, scholars, and students.

Peter Frumkin is professor of public affairs and director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School. Frumkin is the author of On Being Nonprofit: A Conceptual and Policy Primer and Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, and co-editor of In Search of the Nonprofit Sector. He has written articles on topics related to nonprofit management, philanthropy, cross-sector partnerships, and service contracting. Prior to coming to the LBJ School in 2005, he was an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was affiliated with the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Frumkin has been a senior fellow of the New America Foundation, and has worked as a foundation program officer, a nonprofit manager, and program evaluator for both nonprofit and public agencies. He has lectured on philanthropy at universities throughout the country and served as a consultant to foundations and individual donors on strategy and evaluation.

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