Tom David and Kathleen Enright suggest that:

  • a positive internal culture is an essential bedrock for effective philanthropy, and as a sector, this is habitually neglected as an important contributor to our success
  • analysis uncovered that many foundations’ internal cultures have corporate, banking or academic “source codes” — a set of influences shaped by the organizations’ founders and leaders.
  • Historically, good stewardship of philanthropic resources has focused on preserving capital and growing assets. We must shift our conception of good stewardship in order to make significant progress in solving large-scale problems
  • “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Peter Drucker
  • Defining cultural attributes that best fit the foundation and figuring out how to live them is a long-term process, requiring significant reflection, inquiry and leadership.

Source: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations