Rebuilding Foundations

An exploration of international development work in Africa

Dear new philanthropists – Can messy be the new sexy?

Awesome blog post with advice for entrepreneurs looking to become philanthropists:


  1. No one will tell you, “Bad idea.”
  2. It’s hard to take a real risk the second time around.
  3. Your philanthropy is probably in a field that you don’t have deep gut understanding of.


  1. Start from the bottom
  2. What’s the unoccupied area?
  3. Ask yourself, “Why?”
  4. Confront power
  5. Beware the scale trap
  6. Forget about credentials
  7. Be humble
  8. Be on the front edge, the dangerous edge, of change

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