Spruill to Leave Council on Foundations and Return to Ocean Conservation

Aaron Dorfman, president of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, said that the council had been bypassed in importance by a proliferation of regional groups and networks based on funding for particular issues or on identity. Rather than sticking close to policy issues that directly address foundations, such as tax policy, Dorfman suggested that the council ought to advocate for policies that directly affect the communities that foundations serve, even if it means alienating some members with different political views.

“Most of the intellectual vibrancy in the philanthropic sector comes from places other than the council,” he said. “I’m not at all sure that a big-tent, keep-everyone-happy approach will work.”

Read the entire article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy (paywall).