Great post from Southern California Grantmakers’ blog entitled, “Would Gandhi, Chavez or King Receive a Grant Today? Movement Building as a Grantmaking Strategy” by Edgar Villanueva, Program Officer at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, asks great questions about the changing role and perspectives in philanthropy. The blog is a takeaway from a session from the 2014 GEO National Conference session “Would Gandhi, Chavez or King Receive a Grant Today? Benefits and Limits of Measuring Philanthropic Impact.”
Although evaluation of grantees is necessary and useful, evaluation is not a goal but rather another way in which funders can help grantees and communities progress and develop leaders for the next great social movements.
How can funders be sure we are investing in the development of the next Gandhi, Chavez or King? And how can funders and their program officers create an environment in which grantees give honest feedback (without fear of losing their funding) and be true partners with their funders in creating change?