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National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers
The intersection of philanthropy and politics was once a taboo topic. Over the past 10 years, there has been a slow move for increased funding of grantees engaged in policy and systems change. Recently, however, there has been a shift in the way that foundations themselves view their role and engagement in policy change.
In this webinar, we will tell the story of how a new foundation – Headwaters Foundation in Missoula, Montana – set out to build a strong, healthy, and resilient culture that could fully support the work it needed to do. We will share why culture building was important, the resources needed to do it well, and how external consulting and facilitation helped strengthen empathy and understanding among the team and establish protocols that can be used again and again.
Foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors collectively make about 80 percent of all charitable donations in the United States. These smaller funders often have to “do more with less,” making careful choices about their resources in order to have a meaningful impact.
Foundations ultimately want to improve the lives of individuals living and working in their footprint, but they may not always know how. There is value in asking and listening to community members’ ideas, solutions, and what they believe they need to improve their quality of life. Community engagement enhances foundations’ ability to work with the people they strive to help, while uncovering new or hidden voices to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of foundation investments.