Listening vs. Transformation: Is Philanthropy Changing in the Ways Nonprofits Need Most?
Whether it’s trust-based philanthropy, participatory grantmaking, common data platforms, or calls for alternate reporting formats, important shifts are underway in philanthropy. How do we know whether these changes are actually improving conditions for nonprofits? For example, does a participatory approach increase the ability of a nonprofit to deliver on its mission? Does it reduce the time they must invest in grant applications?
Listening is a key part of understanding whether transformation serves its intended purpose. Investing in modern and synchronous feedback systems is one way philanthropy can ensure our transformation is moving in the right directions and adapting in response to nonprofits’ real-world needs in a fashion that enables their success.
Source: Center for Effective Philanthropy