Thursday, May 13, 2010

PhilanTopic: Beyond Infrastructure

PhilanTopic: Beyond Infrastructure: "Entering a slow and uncertain recovery after a brutal recession, we find ourselves once again in a period where America's foundations are struggling with how to continue to pay for the
so-called 'philanthropic infrastructure.' I have no idea when the term 'infrastructure' began to be used to describe the myriad membership, data, research, training, and networking organizations that exist today. I always associated infrastructure with roads and bridges, but Wikipedia gives a broader definition: 'infrastructure provides organizing structure and support for the system or organization it serves, whether it is a city, a nation, a corporation, or a collection of people with common interests. Examples: IT infrastructure, research infrastructure, terrorist infrastructure, tourism infrastructure.'"

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