New Funder Listening Guide, Opportunities to Listen4Good, and Gift from MacKenzie Scott

Sacred Heart Community Services

Fund for Shared Insight is thrilled and honored to be part of an amazing cohort of equity-oriented organizations to benefit from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett’s latest round of thoughtful philanthropy. In her post announcing the gifts, Scott says she wishes headlines would read: “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear.”

Please see below to learn about Shared Insight’s latest efforts to do just that, including by publishing a specially curated new resource for funders ready to boost their listening and feedback practices and by offering new opportunities for funders and nonprofits to participate in Listen4Good.

New Guide Offers Funders Ideas and Inspiration for Listening

Our new interactive guide,  “Listening & Feedback: A Funder Action Menu,”  is designed to help foundations think systematically about how to promote listening and feedback across the many dimensions of their work. With it, we encourage funders to consider how their funding and operations practices and values support or create barriers to listening to the people and communities most impacted by their decisions. And we anticipate changes that will improve philanthropy and lead to more equitable outcomes.

The menu is an ongoing compilation of examples from foundations across the country that have used listening and feedback to inform strategy development and grantmaking; made capacity-building grants to improve nonprofit feedback practice; employed a variety of tactics to listen directly to people and communities; or have incorporated listening and feedback into their work in other critical and creative ways.

Please take a look, be inspired, and submit your own examples to share with the field. We will continue to update the menu as we listen and learn together.

Funder Action Menu

Listen4Good Registration Deadline July 15

We invite you to participate in our two new powerful and affordable feedback capacity-building programs, Listen4Good Online+ and Listen4Good Premium.

Both programs offer organizations the tools, resources, and coaching they need to build high-quality feedback loops with their clients. Funders can sponsor their grantees, enhancing their own listening practices and acting as a critical catalyst in supporting feedback efforts across the sector.

The July 15 deadline is coming up fast! Register now or join one of our free informational webinars to learn more, and get ready to grow your commitment to listening and responding to the people and communities at the heart of your work.

A Funder Centers People with Lived Experience in Collaborative Decision-Making

Read about how the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is engaging people with lived expertise in the areas its grantmaking addresses, including by hiring people who have experienced housing insecurity as consultants with the Foundation’s Homelessness initiative.