I apologise. The blog was obnoxious. For 10 years I watched people smarter than me saying the same thing calmly and eloquently and not getting heard, so I pushed it.

I apologise that people trying to do the right thing felt attacked as that’s not a good thing to do and I apologise that it did not give more space to recognise all the amazing practice out there, including from those foundations that I have been lucky enough to partner with personally on projects. As someone equally committed to doing good in the world as those partners, I don’t think I should be grateful, but as partners, I should have been more respectful.

The intention was to get more people thinking about how to do things the right way. It was done obnoxiously. I apologise.

I’ve had a lot of nice responses, a lot of respectful disagreement and some hideous bile that made me cry. Can we call it evens?

Two things fed back on (used to say ‘got the heaviest endorsement’ but have updated on 24.4 as no longer do based on new numbers/I might have misread numbers in first place – ps. can someone ask me for the survey results so I can give to someone more statistical to analyse) from the snap survey connected to the piece were:

  1. The idea that foundations should feel free to be more forthright in setting out to achieve things and in having their own agendas; and
  2. That service users and frontline workers are too disconnected from the funding process/world and don’t have enough space to get their ideas onto the foundation-charity table.

Neither of these involve charities asking for more money and neither actually involve charities having a greater say in how foundations are run.

I know there are already people who have done and are doing thinking about these topics but it looks like there’s real appetite to do more.

If anyone wants to convene some smart people on this, I a) promise not to come and b) will happily pay for the sandwiches.

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