Our state faces unprecedented challenges – and opportunities – to tackle some extraordinary issues facing our communities. Minnesota grantmakers know they must play a role in the search for solutions. How does the new legislative leadership view philanthropy’s role?
She draws parallels between the legislature and philanthropy:
“Foundations are not dissimilar to the legislature; we have responsibilities to constituencies, the fundamental tenets of which have a variety of aspects, not the least of which is fiscal accountability. Foundations and state government must balance the needs of our constituencies with the effective allocation of limited resources – and maximize the impact of each dollar spent.”
To read more of Sen. Koch’s perspectives on creating a leaner government, balancing constituency needs with fiscal accountability, and developing a more efficient tax policy to maximize dollar impact, check out the Winter 2011 issue of Giving Forum, which focuses on how grantmakers are deploying creativity and boldness – in addition to resources – to take on some of the worst disparities and community crises we’ve faced.
- Chris Murakami Noonan, MCF communications associate