Friday evening, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation president Paul Brest posted his third Huffington Post piece related to the controversial National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy (NCRP) report entitled, Criteria for Philanthropy at its Best. In this installment, he takes on the NCRP recommendation that 50 percent of all foundation support be directed toward unrestricted General Operating Support (GOS). The article provides a thoughtful overview of the various reasons to provide GOS in some situations, while noting that program support is appropriate in other circumstances. In the end, Brest concludes that foundations must retain the flexibility to judge — and should be trusted to make wise decisions about — whether GOS or program support is the preferred option.
Mr. Brest will be one of the close to 100 speakers at the upcoming Global Philanthropy Forum annual conference in Washington, DC on Aprill 22-24.