To the editor,
I applaud your suggestion that nonprofits, and their boards and donors, consider funding “research-and-development” chairs to facilitate vision in assessing operating and organizational direction [“Investing in the future”, Philanthropy Journal, 11.17.04.]
My hope would be that all involved would see this as an ideal opportunity for a much-advised “partnering” among organizations delivering similar services or working in the same demographic.
One or two “chairs” might be endowed in concert by a “partnership” of several nonprofits that would then share the delivered benefits.
No use re-funding the same role at each organization: There’s no efficiency of scale in that approach whatsoever.
Patrick Carroll, Raleigh, N.C.