Listening to the People and Communities at the Heart of Our Work

Fund for Shared Insight is a national funder collaborative seeking to improve philanthropy by promoting high-quality listening and feedback in service of equity.

 

 

Insights for Change

Insights for Change features news and updates from Fund for Shared Insight, along with case studies and opinion pieces highlighting how philanthropy and nonprofits advance impact and equity by listening to the people at the heart of their work.

675+ organizations implement high-quality feedback loops with Listen4Good

Our signature initiative, Listen4Good, offers expert tools, coaching, and resources to direct-service organizations ready to improve their capacity to listen. Funders participate in Listen4Good as sponsors, co-learners, and catalysts in supporting feedback efforts, while also enhancing their own listening practices.

What We Do

Along with building capacity for high-quality client feedback loops in the social sector, our pooled resources provide grants, learning opportunities, inspiration, and community-building around participatory grantmaking, feedback research, funder listening, field building, and expanding feedback efforts internationally.

Participatory Grantmaking

Participatory design and grantmaking teams led by people most impacted by climate change created a grantmaking vision rooted in creativity, equity, and lived expertise that led to $2 million in grants to support advocacy and policy efforts around environmental justice issues and guided by local ecological knowledge and deep connection with the planet .  

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International Work

We are drafting operating principles to guide the possible establishment of international affiliates, including in Australia. We are also looking at opportunities to partner around feedback efforts in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, the Philippines, and Tanzania.  

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Tools for Funders

We are working with seven philanthropy support organizations, along with other feedback partners, to create a set of equity-centered, high-quality, high-influence resources around listening practices for funders.  

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Field Building

We are committed to building a community of stakeholders using similar approaches to make the use of high-quality listening and feedback in the service of equity standard practice in the social sector. Our infrastructure grants and support for the Feedback Champions Fellowship are just two examples of our direct and sustained field-building work.

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Why Listening Matters

We believe that funders and the organizations they support can be more effective, do more good in the world, and partner in the creation of more equitable outcomes if we are open to systematically listening to, and acting on, feedback from the people and communities at the heart of our work, especially those whose voices, historically and because of persistent systemic and structural racism, have been least heard.

Join a growing community using listening and feedback to build meaningful relationships and advance equity.

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