Israel and Turkey

Just got back from my trip to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Istanbul as part of SOM’s mandatory International Experience for first-years. The journey combined sightseeing with business meetings during the work week, during which representatives from various companies, nonprofits, and government agencies presented to us about their work and the environment in which they operate.Read More

Thoughts on Effective Philanthropy: Part IV – Funding Activity, Not Individuals

To view the rest of this series, click here. For years, artists have complained about the National Endowment for the Arts’s 1996 decision, under pressure from Congress, to eliminate individual artist fellowships (except for literature). Nevertheless, it seems that a number of local and private arts agencies and foundations have instituted programs in the pastRead More


There’s a long article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (see? I’m catching up) about philanthropy and public charities, repeating the oft-heard complaint that it’s hard to know how and where to give when there’s so little information out there about the effectiveness of the programs and organizations being funded. Says author Sally Beatty: These debatesRead More

Wrap-up: SOM Philanthropy Conference (Part II)

The first half of this wrap-up is available here. Following the Funder/Grantee Relationships panel, I attended another discussion focusing on the democratization of philanthropy (i.e., bringing more and more types of donors to the funding table). The panelists were Diane Airker and Angel Fernandez-Chavero from the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Eugene Miller fromRead More

Wrap-up: SOM Philanthropy Conference (Part I)

On November 16, 2007, I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual Yale School of Management Philanthropy Conference, an ambitious event that included a total of seven panels, three guest speakers, and multiple receptions. The all-volunteer student organizing team did a great job, and I was glad to be involved as the coordinator ofRead More

Mid-semester break

Happy Turkey day, all. I’m home in Maine with my folks getting ready to gobble up some tasty food. In the next couple of weeks, I hope to post a few more installments in the “Thoughts on Philanthropy” series, as well as a wrap-up of the Yale SOM Philanthropy Conference that took place last Friday,Read More

Thoughts on Effective Philanthropy: Part III – (Dis-)Economies of Scale in the Arts

Note: This is the third of a multipart series on the arts and philanthropy. I hope these ideas are of interest and welcome suggestions and feedback. To view the rest of this series, click here. When we left off last time, I was advocating for funding agencies to adopt a spirit of experimentation in theirRead More

Not Dead Yet.

C4, the choral collective devoted to living composers that I founded in November 2005 and “facilitated” until this past June, is having its first concert since I abandoned them for New Haven. The program focuses on old pieces or composers reimagined for the 21st century. The action starts tonight at 8pm at St. Joseph’s ChurchRead More