Friday, July 17, 2015

Lessons for philanthropy from the marriage win

CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY
By Evan Wolfson
THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES
There has been an extraordinary amount of interest in understanding how the freedom-to-marry movement came so far, ostensibly so fast. Clearly, many forces have been at play, but the important role of philanthropy — which embraced a sustained campaign to promote the idea and invested $120 million in it — cannot and should not be overlooked. Moreover, the role of foundations offers some important lessons about how philanthropy can best advance social change. Today the Freedom to Marry campaign is viewed as a model, but for much of the time it felt like more of a muddle. [link]