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17 May 2019


Building the infrastructure necessary for philanthropy to operate and succeed is challenging. The first of those challenges is to increase the importance of the institutions dedicated to this task, the value of whose work often goes unrecognized. The second is to grow the field and make it stronger. As the report suggests, philanthropy infrastructure is usually weaker and less developed where it is most needed. Increasing the reach and impact of philanthropy infrastructure and improving the standards thereof is becoming more crucial to its effectiveness.

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