Tools to Listen, Respond, Shift

Based on nearly a decade of exploring how to listen well in philanthropy, these tools can kickstart or enhance your efforts to put the people and communities you seek to serve at the center of your work.

Find lessons and inspiration from a menu of high-quality listening practices already happening in the field, including examples of constituent feedback loops and participatory processes. Dive into a resource-rich participatory philanthropy toolkit, or jump to a tool that will help funder collaboratives decide where to start. Whatever your path, also consider our Equity Principles to spark discussion about how your listening and participation practices might build toward broader goals related to accountability, justice, and equity. 

Funder Listening Action Menu

The perfect starting point for funders ready to infuse listening and participation across the many dimensions of their work, this carefully curated menu includes dozens of real-life examples of what foundations are up to around the country.

Participatory Philanthropy Toolkit

This comprehensive resource features insights, discussion guides, templates, and other materials to help you design and implement grantmaking programs that can shift and share power with the people and communities at the heart of your work.

Funder Collaborative Toolkit

If you’re working in a collaborative with other donors aiming to meaningfully include underrepresented voices in your work, this toolkit is designed specifically for you.

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Are you a funder ready to sponsor grantees on their listening journeys?

Listen4Good, an independent capacity-building program launched by Fund for Shared Insight, offers expert tools, coaching, and resources for nonprofits looking to listen more effectively.

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