Philanthropy to be effective must begin from the question, "What is going on?" Only insofar as we know what is going on can we intervene to good effect. Defining philanthropy as being about philanthropy and philanthropists is defining the subject so narrowly that we won't see what is going on in the world at large where our philanthropist may play many roles both for the public interest and against it, as key beneficiaries of the status quo. Whether myopia (measuring, micro-managing, ameliorating in small ways) is is a bug in philanthropy or a feature of philanthropy I am not sure. If we did know what is going on we might not live to see the morning. A wise man keeps his own counsel. A fool cannot buy life insurance. The companies have a hazardous duties questionnaire, and the underwriters kick a fool's application out.