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The Robin Hood Rules for Smart Giving$
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Michael Weinstein and Ralph Bradburd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158367

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158367.001.0001

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Translating Mission Into Mission-Relevant Outcomes

Translating Mission Into Mission-Relevant Outcomes

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(p.17) 2 Translating Mission Into Mission-Relevant Outcomes
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The Robin Hood Rules for Smart Giving
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Michael M. Weinstein

Ralph M. Bradburd

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231158367.003.0002

This chapter outlines the first four (of seven) steps by which philanthropists put Relentless Monetization into action, using the Robin Hood Foundation as an example. The first step is to adopt a mission statement, such as fighting poverty. The second step is to translate the mission statement into broad goals. The poverty fighter sets the goal of raising the living standards of low wage workers. The third step is to identify interventions that achieve mission-driven goals. Robin Hood employs dozens of different interventions to fight poverty, including microloans to immigrant entrepreneurs, shelters for victims of domestic violence, soup kitchens, and academically focused prekindergarten programs. The last step is to identify mission-relevant outcomes that flow from the proposed intervention and those that are relevant to the chosen mission. This chapter also considers the implication of identifying outcomes according to a funder's mission by focusing on outcomes that should not be counted.

Keywords:   philanthropists, Relentless Monetization, Robin Hood Foundation, mission statement, poverty, mission-driven goals, mission-relevant outcomes, mission

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