We aim to increase openness in foundations in the U.S. by providing grants to support 501c3 organizations to:

  1. Advance the practice of using feedback loops to hear from the people we seek to help
  2. Advance the research base to identify how feedback data may be best collected and whether there may be some perceptual and/or experience data that can serve as leading indicators of change
  3. Support efforts to increase foundation openness in service of effectiveness 

We will not make program-related investments, enter into contracts for this work, or invest in for-profit organizations.

More information about the RFP categories is on the Grants Background page. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to invest in these organizations’ work and look forward to learning with and from them in the weeks, months and years to come.

Recent Grant Initiatives

Increasing Foundation Openness

This grant initiative supports the Fund for Shared Insight’s interest in increasing foundation openness. We believe that if foundations are more open about their goals, decisions and progress, as well gather and implement feedback from others, they will be more effective.

In 2016-17, we expect to provide up to $2 million in grants to promote foundation openness. These project grants will be a minimum of $100,000, over either one or two years, to support efforts to increase foundation openness in service of effectiveness.

Listen for Good

In 2016, we launched Listen for Good, an initiative dedicated to building the practice of using feedback loops by broadly applying the Net Promoter System℠ (NPS®), which has been used widely in customer feedback circles, to the nonprofit beneficiary context.

Map of Awarded Grants

See our awarded grants to date and where we have helped foundations and nonprofits improve by being more open, listening to the people they seek to help, and sharing what they learn.