A Shared Mission of Collective Listening
Listening & Feedback: A Funder Action Menu
A resource to help foundations think in a systematic way about how they can promote listening and feedback across the many dimensions of their work.
Funder Listening Community of Practice
Our Funder Listening Community of Practice is working to support foundations build feedback and listening practices that reflect and advance equity. The group — made up of representatives from seven philanthropy support organizations around the country, along with staff members from Shared Insight, Feedback Labs, and our evaluation partner, ORS Impact — meets regularly for learning and collaboration. Organizations chosen to participate have the capacity to create high-impact resources and/or to disseminate them through strong funder networks. All have a deep commitment to equity.
Supported by a portfolio of grants totaling $1.25 million, this community of practice is designed to engage people with a shared mission in a process of collective learning. Participants are building relationships, problem-solving, and working toward common goals by engaging in joint activities and discussions, exchanging information, and developing shared resources promoting high-quality listening and feedback as a central feature in the grantmaking process.
Our learning groups offer new ways for additional staff members from our core and sidecar funders to come together to explore special topics at the intersection of the work they do and the collaborative’s priority areas and interests.
Listening, Learning, and Evaluation Group
In an effort to continue building the feedback field and support foundations in walking the walk, Shared Insight invites evaluation and learning officers from our partnering foundations to come together to explore how listening to feedback can inform and be integrated into grantmakers’ evaluation efforts. The Listening, Learning, and Evaluation Group meets virtually once a month. Please contact Penny Huang at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.