No Easy Answers:
The Hard Work of Giving Done Right
In Episode 7 — the Season 1 finale! — hosts Phil and Grace are joined by Melinda Tuan, a trusted adviser to foundations and major donors around the country and managing director of Fund for Shared Insight, a national funder collaborative working to improve philanthropy by elevating the voices of those least heard. Melinda talks with Grace and Phil about the complexities of being an effective philanthropist and shares her deep expertise on how donors can navigate several specific challenges of giving, from measuring impact to making difficult decisions about where to give.
Melinda guides and facilitates Fund for Shared Insight’s operations, communications, grantmaking, evaluation, and more. As an independent consultant to senior leadership at philanthropic organizations around the country, Melinda promotes, crafts, and implements strategies for effective philanthropy. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2003, Melinda co-founded and ran REDF, a social-venture capital fund; served as a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit; and worked as a management consultant. She enthusiastically brings her unique combination of business, leadership, evaluation, and management skills to helping mission-oriented organizations meet their goals, care for people, and better the world in which we live.
Producer: Sarah Martin
Music: “FasterFasterBrighter” by Blue Dot Sessions
Artwork: Jay Kustka
Fund for Shared Insight
National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP)
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool
Effective Philanthropy in a Time of Crisis