A Funder Conversation with Phil Buchanan - Norwalk

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 -
9:00am to 10:30am EST
Fairfield County's Community Foundation, 40 Richards Avenue, Norwalk
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Join the Fairfield County Funders Network for a conversation with Phil Buchanan about the power and perils of philanthropy. This program is open to staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations as well as philanthropic advisors. 

When philanthropy is both under increasing pressure and scrutiny, Phil explores a number of questions about philanthropic practice: 

  • How should foundations and donors approach giving?
  • What does it take to be effective and earn the trust of those who donors seek to help?
  • How can donors mitigate the power dynamics between them and those they fund?
  • How is giving like or unlike investing?
  • Should nonprofits be encouraged to act “like business?”

These are among the questions we’ll explore in this session with Phil Buchanan, author of the newly released book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count. Called a “must-read for those who really want to make a difference” by Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson, Giving Done Right is, in the words of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation president and CEO Richard Ober, “grounded in data, animated by real stories well told, and provocative in ways that shed more light than heat.”

The first 25 registrants will receive a free copy of Giving Done Right (one book per organization).

Breakfast will be provided.


A majority of American households give to charity in some form or another--from local donations to food banks, religious organizations, or schools, to contributions to prevent disease or protect basic freedoms. Whether you're in a position to give $1 or $1 million, every giver needs to answer the same question: How do I channel my giving effectively to make the greatest difference?

In Giving Done Right, Phil Buchanan, the president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, arms donors with what it takes to do more good more quickly and to avoid predictable errors that lead too many astray. This crucial book is a counter to those who diminish the role of philanthropy and the nonprofits it supports. While the book offers constructive critique, it also highlights what is possible when giving is done right, pointing to exemplars like software entrepreneur Tim Gill, who helped expand rights for LGBTQ people, as well as to nonprofits doing heroic and unsung work everyday. It busts commonly held myths and challenges the idea that "business thinking" holds the answer to effective philanthropy.

Learn more by watching Is Giving By the Wealthy a Good Thing?, a debate between Phil Buchanan and Rob Reich, professor of political science at Stanford University and author of Just Giving.


Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He is deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness. CEP has been widely credited with bringing the voices of stakeholders to funders and with contributing to an increased emphasis on key elements of effectiveness.

Phil is co-author of many CEP research reports, a columnist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog. Phil is also co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year.” Phil serves on the board of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts and the National Council on Aging.


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