In terms of technology, the philanthropic sector is stuck in the past. it’s time for the sector to adopt current technologies that facilitate accurate information exchange and save people from unnecessary work.
What I have learned over the last three years of working with funders who are true partners in learning and evaluation is how crucial it is to be willing to take a leap of faith and to see the funding relationship as a true collaboration.
Too often, evaluation discourages and disconnects people instead of engaging them. How can we make evaluation accessible to all?
As more foundations look to how they can grow and improve their learning practices, our hope is that they will see the benefit of involving all perspectives, both in and outside of their organizations.
Blurring the lines does not happen magically. Senior leadership must actively support a new approach to grants management.
Imagine what we can accomplish if we are able to redirect all of the resources currently devoted to capturing data and information in applications and reports toward understanding and acting on what is learned.
In a world where government and international donors far “outfund” philanthropy institutions, collaboration is one of the major ways that foundations of all sizes can increase their impact on a global scale.
Our model is built on the belief that no organization or sector can create transformative social change on its own, but visionary social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and cross-sector partners can lead (and are leading) the way to a dramatically different and brighter future in our nation.
Funders in all philanthropic sectors are increasingly pooling or coordinating funding for greater impact, or to address particularly challenging social and environmental problems.
Collaboration can be very challenging to traditional notions of leadership.