Fund for Shared Insight Announces $5.26 Million in Awards to Improve Philanthropy

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Fund for Shared Insight Announces $5.26 Million in Awards to Improve Philanthropy through Feedback Loops and Foundation Openness

Fourteen 1- to 3-year grants designed to foster social-sector sharing and learning to enhance impact

NEW YORK—The Fund for Shared Insight, a collaborative effort by seven funders, today announces its first round of grants since its launch in September: $5.26 million in awards to improve philanthropy.

Shared Insight will fund 14 one- to three-year grants designed to encourage and incorporate feedback from the people the social sector seeks to help; understand the connection between feedback and better results; foster more openness between and among foundations and grantees; and share lessons.

“We are thrilled with the interest our open call for proposals has generated as evidenced by the almost 200 proposals received, and the hundreds of organizations that have emailed us and participated in our open conference calls about the requests for proposals,” said Melinda Tuan, Shared Insight project manager. “We expect to learn a lot with and from our selected grantees’ efforts and look forward to sharing the learning along the way.”

Each funded project is designed to further at least one Shared Insight goal:

To advance the practice of using feedback loops to hear from the people we seek to help:

To 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:

To increase foundation openness in service of effectiveness:

Shared Insight is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and is co-chaired by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Other participating funders include the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Liquidnet, the Rita Allen Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Other foundations interested in providing supplemental support for these projects or exploring other ways to be involved with Shared Insight are invited to contact Melinda Tuan at