By Andy Carroll, ASF
When we see people in philanthropy speak out, advocate, and mobilize communities, it’s natural to assume they are inherently different from us. We marvel at their boldness. We assume they are extroverted. Full of charisma. Fearless.
Yet we now understand that deciding to act boldly is the culmination of a journey that, for the individual or foundation, began months, years, or sometimes decades ago. All the passion, listening, sense-making, analysis, and insight that ultimately moved the leader to act is invisible to us. We only see the action.
ASF has talked with dozens of you over the past 2 years in a listening project on leadership. We affirmed that small-staff philanthropists provide leadership on critical issues, especially in local communities and at the state level.
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