David Emerson, the outgoing chief executive of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) tells Charles Keidan how ACF has concentrated on providing a forum for sharing and distilling that knowledge.
He talks about the emergence of a common identity for a diverse foundation sector, about how foundations are increasingly exploring the use of all their assets in pursuit of their mission and how this summer’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union shows that the social sector doesn’t know its constituents as well as it thought it did.
Emerson says, ‘It’s not about pushing. How do any of us learn? We learn by understanding. We don’t change our behaviour because we’re told to, we change because experience tells us better.’ Continue reading