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V K Madhavan

Operations Director , A4e India Pvt Ltd

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Why are not-for-profits encouraged only to share successes or best practices? Isn't there a lot that can be learnt from failures?

Since most not-for-profit organisations are dependent on public money, wouldn't it make sense to also disseminate and share things that didn't work? While the incentives to share successes are clear - good marketing can lead to good fund-raising; shouldn't philanthropists and donors encourage sharing of failures and reasons thereof?

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  • Feb 16 2011: The problem, I think, is that the ultimate donor is not the government agency but the public community that pays taxes to the agency. And a failure report - for example, the corruption investigation that the GFATM did - can easily catch public attention and make taxpayers demand that their money go somewhere else.

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