With our third anniversary approaching, Fund for Shared Insight continues to gain momentum! We have expanded our grant-making efforts and our network of partners, and are now proud to have 39 funders supporting our work to help over 60 organizations that are collecting feedback from the people they seek to help. Read more
In October 2016, Fund for Shared Insight co-sponsored a workshop on data-driven feedback loops with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Office of Social Innovation. A cross-section of 80 participants from nonprofits, philanthropy, government agencies, and corporations working both domestically and internationally gathered to learn about promising feedback practices and to discuss barriers and opportunities as the feedback movement spreads across sectors.
On October 18, Fund for Shared Insight joined with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to host a workshop to advance best practices for data-driven feedback loops.
On Wednesday, October 26, Fund for Shared Insight gathered 140 feedback focused partners, grantees and funders for a time of encouragement, community-building and learning in Washington DC.
NEW YORK – As the Fund for Shared Insight embarks on its third year, the collaborative is continuing to strengthen its commitment to improving philanthropy and increasing its investments in the field. Shared Insight today announced that it is expanding its grantmaking and network of partners, bringing the total number of funders to 36.
Fund for Shared Insight today announced its second cohort of Listen for Good grantees, a new request for proposals to increase foundation openness, and an additional funding partner in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – bringing the total number of funders involved with Shared Insight to thirty (30).
This Chronicle of Philanthropy article covers the recently released Center for Effective Philanthropy report on Foundation Openness. As the report's funder, the Fund for Shared Insight was featured as a key effort encouraging greater openness in philanthropy. Fay Twersky, co-chair of the Fund for Shared Insight, makes the case that foundations have a "moral imperative" to be more open.
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What do Foundations think of transparency and to what extent are they being transparent? The Center for Effective Philanthropy's recent report "Sharing What Matters, Foundation Transparency" delves into these issues and offers the most complete assessment to date of how foundations view and practice transparency. The report, funded by the Fund for Shared Insight, draws from 145 surveys of independent and community foundation CEOs, 70 foundation website reviews and more than 15,000 grantee surveys.
Original article on Center for Effective Philanthropy
NEW YORK— Fund for Shared Insight today announced its inaugural cohort of Listen for Good grantees, which includes a diverse group of 19 nonprofits that directly serve people in communities across the U.S.
Five projects selected to receive supplementary grants, one new project awarded research grant in 2016
NEW YORK— Fund for Shared Insight today announced it will award over $2.6M in 2016 to five existing grantees to continue their work improving philanthropy and to one new grantee for feedback research. The original round of grants was awarded to a group of 14 nonprofits in 2015 to strengthen feedback systems and increase foundation openness.
The Transparency Talk blog post "Through a Glass a Little Less Darkly: 2015 Philanthropic Transparency Highlights", shines light on the top ten transparency moments, efforts, and exemplars from 2015. Fund for Shared Insight was singled out for its commissioned report on Foundation Openness, which highlighted the critical importance of organizational culture. "FSI is not just another industry group out to improve philanthropy; it is actually made up of philanthropy professionals now representing more than a dozen leading foundations, so the opportunity for peer learning, influence, and momentum building is high."
NEW YORK— Fund for Shared Insight announced today that the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation have both signed on to support its efforts to improve philanthropy.
Launched just over a year ago, Fund for Shared Insight is a collaborative effort among funders that pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. Shared Insight emerged from a belief that foundations will be more effective and make an even bigger difference in the world if they are open to listening to others, and sharing lessons learned.
Hosted by Fund for Shared Insight Grantee Feedback Labs, the recently held Feedback Summit brought together select nonprofits, funders, and researchers to think through the promises, challenges, and opportunities in feedback. With the tagline “the right, smart, feasible thing to do”, the Summit sought to build upon the growing momentum and consensus around feedback.
Feedback can generate difficult truths and challenges the traditional power dynamic of philanthropy. Balancing that tension with the conviction that feedback is the right and smart thing to do, the feedback movement continues to forge ahead and gain ground. At the recent Feedback Summit, convened by Fund for Shared Insight grantee Feedback Labs, those at the forefront of Feedback practice came together to work through issues and opportunities around feedback. The Fund for Shared Insight was mentioned as one of the key signs that momentum is building in the field.
Read the full article published by Nonprofit Chronicles.
On a quest to "do as much good as possible with giving," innovative Open Philanthropy Project has attracted a new co-funding partnership with Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and Lovestagram founder Kaitlyn Trigger. The collaborators’ commitment to knowledge sharing, rigorous analytical thinking and transparency have spurred the exploration of thoughtful questions and issues for philanthropists.