Fear of Losing Foundation Support Makes Charities Shy Away From Trying New Ideas

The management principles known as lean start-up celebrate the idea of “failing fast”figuring out what doesn’t work and moving on to something better. But failure isn’t something that foundations are typically eager to support.

Many nonprofit experts acknowledge that adoption of lean-start-up ideas—an approach popular at technology companies—may be inhibited by the often-genteel relationships between nonprofits and the foundations