The Five Principles of No Moat Philanthropy

For a week in October 2017, we handed the Transparency Talk 'soap box' to Jen Ford Reedy, president of the Bush Foundation. On the occasion of her fifth anniversary leading the Foundation, she reflects on their efforts to make the organization more permeable, and addresses their five principles of "No Moat" philanthropy that help them work smarter and be more effective

  1. Get excited about other people’s ideas
  2. Bring lots of perspectives into your strategy design and decision-making
  3. Continuously and intentionally connect with new people
  4. Value every interaction as an opportunity to advance your mission
  5. Share as you go

The strategies and tactics she shares in this five-part blog series should be inspiring and helpful to any grantmaker exploring ways to open up their grantmaking: