How Funders Can Get Involved
We invite you to join the growing community of foundations, nonprofits, and other organizations using listening and feedback to improve their work and build more meaningful connections to the people and communities they seek to benefit. Whether you want to become part of Fund for Shared Insight or just want to learn more, our site includes a host of resources to help funders gain insights and inroads into the growing feedback field.
As a funder collaborative, Fund for Shared Insight is built on the support and engagement of our funding partners, who contribute and participate in various ways.
Our core funders commit a minimum of $250,000 a year for three years and play key roles in strategy-setting, grantmaking, and outreach.
Sidecar funders provide one- or two-year grants ranging from $25,000 to $300,000 a year and participate in special events along with core funders.
Listen4Good sponsors pay for their grantees to participate in Listen4Good and can make grants directly to those organizations to pay for the implementation of high-quality feedback loops.
We encourage you to join the collaborative, share your stories, ideas, and advice, or consider other ways to unite with our efforts to improve philanthropy through listening and learning. To start a conversation, please contact Melinda Tuan, Shared Insight’s managing director, at email@example.com.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we postponed our Shared Insight Gathering that had been scheduled for May 2020. The new date for our Gathering, in Baltimore, is March 8-10, 2021. We expect more than 600 feedback practitioners, nonprofit leaders, and funders to attend this gathering of Fund for Shared Insight’s feedback grantees and funding partners. Any funder is welcome to attend.
We are monitoring public health conditions and will provide updates on those plans in early 2021.
Tools and Resources
Fund for Shared Insight is committed to supporting funders that want to learn more about how listening and feedback can inform foundation strategy and help grantees improve programs. We’ve developed resources to help foundations advance their own learning and support their work with grantees around listening and feedback. These include:
- A facilitated discussion guide on listening for foundations and grantees. Download the discussion guide
- Guidelines for designing a conference session featuring foundations, nonprofits, and the people they serve
- Guidelines for grant applications, final reports, and site visits that include questions about feedback
- A menu of opportunities for funders to expand their support for listening and feedback
To request copies of these resource materials, email Melinda Tuan, managing director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.