It's Time for Humble Philanthropy

American philanthropy today seems to have nothing but contempt for its traditional task of making charitable grants to support worthwhile nonprofit organizations. It now aspires instead to leverage, lobby, and lure the much larger worlds of business and government to do its bidding.

Foundations often explain this effort as an acknowledgment of their limitations, i.e., they are too small to do much by themselves, so they must recruit allies from outside philanthropy. But in fact this