Leap Updates

quote1 Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. quote1 –Peter Drucker

Each month, we publish a Leap of Reason Update to share insights, tools, and learning opportunities for those who are working to raise their performance.

28
Sep

Gates Schmates

Helping grantees become high-performance organizations isn't relevant only for foundations with billions of dollars and hundreds of staff members. The UK's Blagrave Trust is a case in point. It has an endowment of approximately $50 million and only three staff members. And yet Blagrave is punching way above its weight, especially because...
24
Aug

Light After Dark

We cannot in good conscience jump into this newsletter without acknowledging what we're feeling in the aftermath of Charlottesville: Can this really be happening in America?! Can history really be marching, in jackboots and loafers, in reverse? As an Italian-American whose father and uncles were looked down upon as immigrant trash and a Jewish...
26
Jul

Brain + Heart + Ears

Years ago, when we first started writing about what it takes to become a high-performance organization, we tended to emphasize logic and brainpower, as exemplified by our title Leap of Reason. We’ve since gained a deeper appreciation for the essential role of heart. Now, thanks to a group of Leap Ambassadors at the forefront...
27
Jun

Taking the Leap, Across the Pond

Last month, we shone a bright spotlight on Impetus-PEF, a London-based foundation that is doing a great job of investing in the performance of its grantees. The Impetus-PEF story is so rich with insights that we want to put more meat on the bones here. Impetus-PEF, the product of a 2013 merger of two...
24
May

Some Pain, More Gain

Could a funder's hands-on, impact-oriented process be too tough on grantees? In March, we focused our monthly update on Impetus-PEF, a London foundation "walking the talk" of high performance--not just by...