David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a digital media site, discusses his quest to revolutionize philanthropy by taking a more critical look at the way it’s currently practiced by foundations, donors, and grantees. Viewed as an iconoclast by some, he’s earned that reputation by questioning the practices of everyone from well-intentioned neophytes to well-established (and often acclaimed) foundations. In this podcast, David analyzes current philanthropic trends and shares his recommendations for funders who want to achieve the greatest impact with their charitable dollars.
About David Callahan:
David sets the editorial and research agenda of Inside Philanthropy and writes frequently on foundations and emerging donors. He’s also writing a book for Alfred A. Knopf: The Givers: Big Philanthropy and the New Power Elite Shaping Our Future.
Previously, he co-founded Demos, the national public policy organization, where he held several leadership positions and helped raise funds from top U.S. foundations. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including in the New York Times, where he’s written several recent op-eds on philanthropy.
He’s a graduate of Hampshire College and holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.