Resources from Being the Change: Foundations Transforming for Greater Impact

Publication date: 
June, 2018

Today, many foundations are re-examining the role they can play in addressing societies more challenging problems. As foundations embrace ever more ambitious and complex approaches for creating social change, they are taking an intentional approach to rethinking their own makeup to achieve the greatest impact. They recognize that you can’t make change “out there” if you don’t make change “in here.” Foundations are experimenting with new practices and sharing what they are learning in order to create dialogue about emerging ideas and effective practice.

In a June 26 session we shared examples of new approaches some foundations are using across four areas of practice - staffing philosophy, structure and design, skill development, and supportive culture - to foster greater connectivity, vibrancy, and engagement both internally and externally, ultimately opening up new avenues for impact, built on research conducted by FSG with the support of six funders.