Grant Makers Should Encourage Debate, Not Dictate It

If the foundation watchdog group National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy intended its new report "Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best" to stir vigorous debate about the means and ends of grant making, it has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams.

The major philanthropy associations, foundation presidents, and philanthropy blogs have all weighed in, many taking issue with its benchmarks, which include recommendations that at least 50 percent of a foundation's grant dollars go to