AL Advising

Philanthropic and Political Consulting

Philanthropy is like wine: good grapes plus good terroir makes good wine. The grapes are the candidates and organizations you wish to cultivate; they need care, pruning, monitoring, and yes, sometimes they need to wither on the vine. Terroir are the resources you start with and what you can add: mission, staff, and money.

AL Advising is the winemaker: we work with both donors and organizations to maximize impact.

Five Big Myths About Techies and Philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy has yet another good article out today, Five Big Myths About Techies and Philanthropy. I think the author, David Callahan, does a good job of pointing out common misconceptions about donors from the tech space. Give it a read.

My observations have been that these donors: a) like a big challenge -- "wicked problems" in philanthropy, if you will; b) are open to both traditional and disruptive giving and: c) are, as a whole, giving way under their weight.