What We Do

Fund for Shared Insight pools financial and other resources to provide grants, coaching, inspiration, and community-building through collaborative philanthropy. Our work reflects our commitment to the kind of listening and learning that values lived experience and advances equity.

Goal

Our overarching goal is that foundations and nonprofits be meaningfully connected to the people and communities most harmed by structural racism and other systemic inequities, and more responsive to their insights and feedback.

Impact

As we progress toward achieving that goal, we believe that the communities and people at the heart of our work, especially those most impacted but often least consulted by philanthropy and nonprofits, will be better off in ways they define for themselves.

Theory of Change

Our theory of change outlines our areas of focus; what we have learned so far; how we apply lenses of equity, diversity, and inclusion; our short-, medium- and long-term goals; and the activities and implementation markers along the way.

See Theory of Change illustrated ↓

Our Initiatives

 

Listen4Good

Listen4Good’s growing suite of programs offers expert tools, coaching, and resources to nonprofits building high-quality, client-focused feedback loops designed to help them listen and respond to the people at the heart of their work. Since 2016, more than 550 direct-service organizations — across issue areas, geography, populations served, and budget sizes — have used Listen4Good’s survey-based methodology and full-spectrum supports to listen to the opinions and preferences of more than 170,000 nonprofit clients from across the country, bringing about positive changes in the ways they make decisions, deliver services, partner with clients, and advance equity.

More information about Listen4Good

 

International

We are experimenting with expanding our funder-collaborative approach and work around high-quality feedback internationally. Among other efforts, our exploration has included grants to gauge and support nascent feedback projects around the world; discussions with a philanthropy organization interested in replicating Fund for Shared Insight in Asia; and plans for a Listen4Good pilot program supported by foundation partners and government agencies in Israel.

More information about International Initiatives

 

Funder Listening 

Our portfolio of seven grantees, all philanthropy support organizations, is working together in a community of practice to develop, disseminate, and champion toolkits and guides to help foundation staff and principal decision-makers build feedback and listening practices that reflect and advance equity.

More information about our funder listening work

 

Feedback Research

Our portfolio of feedback research grantees is exploring the relationship between feedback and client outcomes. We believe this body of research is the first of its kind in the U.S. and has the potential to inform the social services field, especially if a strong link is demonstrated.

More information about feedback research

 

Participatory Grantmaking

Our participatory grantmaking initiative was created to involve people impacted by climate change in the funding and policy decisions that affect them. We have convened a design team comprised of people with lived expertise and/or relevant knowledge of climate change in the U.S. that is working to inform the development of a participatory grantmaking plan.

 

More information about Participatory Grantmaking

 

Our past work has included grants to support foundation openness and other research in the feedback field. You can review all of our grantmaking and its impact through maps, stories, and videos.

Theory of Change Illustrated

Strategies

EXPERIMENT AND INNOVATE

BUILD NONPROFIT FEEDBACK PRACTICE

BUILD A FEEDBACK FIELD

BUILD FOUNDATION FEEDBACK AND LISTENING PRACTICE

CORE FUNDERS WALKING THE WALK

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Lenses

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Lenses

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Short-Term Outcomes

Shared Insight increases knowledge about different kinds of listening practices

More U.S. nonprofits have a high-quality feedback practice and intentionally address issues related to client feedback

A greater number and variety of funders, nonprofits, and social sector organizations value, promote and actively support/use high-quality feedback

More U.S. funders promote high-quality listening and feedback for nonprofits and themselves

Shared Insight funders use feedback, support nonprofit feedback practice, and share lessons to promote feedback

Short-Term Outcomes

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Mid-Term Outcomes

More nonprofits embrace high-quality listening and feedback practices that advance equity

More funders use feedback or other high-quality listening practices to incorporate the perspectives of people and communities impacted by their decisions; and support nonprofits to do the same

High-quality listening and feedback practices that advance equity become an expected standard among foundations and nonprofits

Mid-Term Outcomes

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Long-Term Outcomes

Foundations and nonprofits are more meaningfully connected to the people and communities most harmed by structural racism and other systemic inequities, and more responsive to their insights and feedback

Power shifts between constituents, nonprofits, and foundations

The people and communities we seek to serve, especially those most impacted but often least consulted by philanthropy and nonprofits, are better off in ways they define for themselves

Long-Term Outcomes

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