Philanthropy, Evaluation, Accountability, and Social Change

by John Bare

Jan 1, 2010

Attentiveness to accountability is sometimes offered up as a sufficient indicator of impact. These foundations point to their internal accountability efforts as evidence of a commitment to effectiveness, despite the fact that funders can hit the mark on every accountability measure and still contribute nothing of external value to society. This bait-and-switch is convenient. It allows foundations to define success through internal metrics, not whether their social investments generate any transformative value for society

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