Phil Buchanan, president of CEP, is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness.
Phil is author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, published in 2019 by PublicAffairs and named the “Best Philanthropy Book of the Year” by Inside Philanthropy. He is co-host of a podcast, also called Giving Done Right, with CEP’s Grace Nicolette. Phil is a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog, author of op eds that have appeared in publications such as The Financial Times and The Boston Globe, and a frequent commentator on philanthropy in the media.
Phil is co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year” and he has been named nine times to that publication’s “Power and Influence Top 50” list. Phil serves on the boards of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts and the National Council on Aging.
Phil lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife and their two daughters.
Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries
Posted on August 25, 2020 by Valerie Threlfall, Fay Twersky, Phil Buchanan
Beyond 5%: Increasing Support in a Time of Crisis
Posted on April 2, 2020 by Crystal Hayling, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Aaron Dorfman, Nat Chioke Williams, Phil Buchanan, Mary Mountcastle
Giving Is Not Like Investing
Posted on May 21, 2019 by Phil Buchanan
In Search of Impact: Practices in Foundations of Program/Operating Grants
Posted on October 30, 2006 by Ellie Buteau, Judy Huang, Phil Buchanan
Foundation Governance: the CEO Viewpoint
Posted on October 29, 2004 by Ellie Carothers, Phil Buchanan
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