Growth for Ukraine’s Zagoriy Foundation despite Russian invasion

Growth for Ukraine’s Zagoriy Foundation despite Russian invasion

The Zagoriy Foundation annual report, published 1 March 2023, details the organisation’s work over the past year, including the support of 48 different organisations to the amount of $37.5 million, as well as receiving validation from CAF America which will allow the foundation the ability to fundraise in the United States.

‘We continue to develop the culture of charity in Ukraine, while also implementing modern projects and developing the non-commercial sector for further growth. Our goal is to engage in sustainable and long-term work’ said Katerina Zagoriy, the Foundation’s Founder.

Zagoriy Foundation’s achievements in 2022 included participating in six international conferences dedicated to philanthropy, with Zagoriy Foundation team members also speaking at several panel discussions. Additionally, the foundation has attracted new international partners: Choose Love, Global Giving, Fondation de France and #GivingTuesday.

Throughout the first half of 2022, Zagoriy Foundation researched charity in wartime, finding that 94 per cent of organisations either fully or partially continued to operate following the Russian invasion in February 2022. Eighty-four per cent of Ukrainians noticed the growth and development of the scope of charity in Ukraine, while 86 per cent of Ukrainian citizens became benefactors in the wake of the Russian invasion.

Eugenia Mazurenko, the Foundation’s CEO until recently, stated in the annual report that ‘the Zagoriy Foundation believes that the development of the charity culture and support of sustainability of non-commercial organizations in Ukraine are as important as ever. Not for a single day did we suspend our operations: we rethought our activities, having sharpened our focus as in crisis situations people tend to focus on the most important things, ignoring the irrelevant. That is exactly what we did.’

The Zagoriy Foundation aims to develop a culture of charitable giving, through the belief that everyone in Ukraine is consciously and systematically involved in charity. Alongside partners both domestically and internationally, Zagoriy Foundation makes crucial changes in Ukraine and implements projects to improve people’s lives.

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Simon Hungin is a freelance writer that supports Alliance magazine.

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Dasra Philanthropy Week 2023

Dasra Philanthropy Week 2023

In its 14th edition, Dasra Philanthropy Week brought together diverse stakeholders and voices from the development ecosystem to convene, converse and continue sustained action towards the quest for a billion Indians to thrive with dignity and equity.

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Accelerating the impact of giving in India

‘India has changed tremendously in the last decade, but we still have a long way to go. We must strive to be a hopeful presence in a stressful world, exactly what all of you in the social sector are doing today.’, said Nisaba Godrej, Executive Chairperson of Godrej Consumer Products, while opening the plenary sessions on 2nd March 2023 to the attendees gathered.

With a proud and hopeful glance around the room, Suparna Gupta, Chairperson of Dasra added, ‘Looking around today, I see diversity. And when we all come together as equal partners, we all have a seat at the table, skin in the game, and are able to realise the ambitious goal of #ABillionThriving‘.

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Evolution of Rupee for Rupee Philanthropy in India

As philanthropy in India increasingly shifts from dollars to rupees, there is a need to understand how philanthropic capital can be used in a more catalytic manner towards creating better impact in India, with a specific focus on ‘blended finance’. The session was hosted by Dasra in partnership with Sattva Consulting.

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Accelerating the impact of giving in India

Accelerating the impact of giving in India

At the 14th Dasra Philanthropy Week, diverse stakeholders from the social impact sector gathered to convene and collaborate on ideas for sustained action for a transformed India. The event featured diverse leaders of grassroot organisations, think-tanks, family philanthropists, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) leaders, institutional players, and development sector organisations.

‘India has changed tremendously in the last decade, but we still have a long way to go. We must strive to be a hopeful presence in a stressful world, exactly what all of you in the social sector are doing today.’, said Nisaba Godrej, Executive Chairperson of Godrej Consumer Products, while opening the plenary sessions on 2nd March 2023 to the attendees gathered.

With a proud and hopeful glance around the room, Suparna Gupta, Chairperson of Dasra added, ‘Looking around today, I see diversity. And when we all come together as equal partners, we all have a seat at the table, skin in the game, and are able to realise the ambitious goal of #ABillionThriving‘.

Empowering those who serve the communities

The first plenary discussion of the day kicked off with Nandita, Director of Martha Farrell Foundation highlighting the need for grassroots organisations to be able to respond to the changing realities on the ground and doing so with agility. KN Gopinath, Executive Director at Dhwani Foundation echoed this sentiment and added that this could be accelerated by ‘building internal systems to adapt and sustain’.

The panel further reiterated Deep Jyoti’s (Co-founder and Director, Farm2Food Foundation) call for ‘active collaboration for overall development’, and the need to ‘stop reinventing the wheel’ to create efficiencies for better impact. On this note, Smarinita Shetty, Co-founder & CEO, India Development Review, highlighted the need for support to build resilience of NGOs and in establishing shared infrastructure and shared services.

All panel members stressed the need for a common vocabulary on what is required by community-based organisations, and the value of trust amongst all the stakeholders for moving ahead. ‘Resource-rich and ideas-rich need to co-create the narratives’, said Anita Patil from Goonj, emphasising a community-centric approach.

Further, while reflecting on Dasra’s journey over the last 23 years, Sonal Sachdev Patel, CEO GMSP Foundation and Board Members at Dasra, Deval Sanghvi and Neera Nundy shared their thoughts on the imperative to go deeper into the communities of India to understand the root causes of social problems to create a lasting impact.

The past, present and future of Indian philanthropy

Panel discussion on ‘Philanthropy in India: Future of Giving for a Billion Thriving’.

In a plenary discussion that was driven by Jishnu Batabyal, Partner Bain & Company and Neera Nundy, it was stated by Sumit Tayal, COO of Give, that most of the retail giving in India is peer-to-peer and community-driven, with only 20% being organised. On top of the already robust growth in CSR over the years, Gayatri Divecha, Head- Sustainability & CSR, Godrej Industries Ltd, pointed to the increasing importance of CSR, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19, and how employees took the responsibility for working with communities.

While talking about the findings in the ‘Indian Philanthropy Report 2023’, it was identified that the New-Gen givers are evolving the traditional family philanthropy approaches by focusing on underrepresented causes and adopting catalytic giving approaches. According to Rizwan Koita, Director of Koita Foundation, family philanthropy is increasingly becoming more socially aware, and is developing meaningful philosophies and guiding principles for being more effective.

In terms of the road ahead, moderators summarised the need for philanthropic infrastructure as a common denominator across funder segments, which when strengthened, can unlock greater funding for the development sector at large.

Taking a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to development

Parmesh Shahani, Curator, and Inclusion Consultant, in his lightning talk, underlined the importance of ‘thinking small, but in a meaningful way, with a focus on listening to the voices of underrepresented and underserved communities.’

Further, in a plenary discussion, corporate leaders and influencers discussed their perspectives on promoting workers’ well-being, strengthening the ‘S’ of ESG, and a ‘worker centric’ vision to ensure sustainable growth of businesses. Sameer Khera, MD of SEE Linkages Pvt. Ltd, highlighted the increasing global requirement for ESG compliance, with ESG audits becoming mandatory. ‘S of ESG is an investment, and there will be a return’, he said.

Namrata Mehra, Lead- ESG, CSR & Sustainability, Godrej Properties, further added the importance of linking ESG aspirations to CSR and the growing pertinence of tracking social metrics. This was also addressed by Joseph Francis, Markets leader of ESG platform at PWC India, who spoke about plugging the gaps in Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting (BRSR) by corporates, especially regarding the wellbeing of all employees and workers who are a part of the value chain.

All panellists echoed the importance of using ESG standards to help the informal sector and extending the social compact to them, which would require long-term capital.

Enabling gender-equitable leadership in India

Later in the day, champions of gender equitable leadership shared their perspectives on enablers, gaps, and opportunities to change the conventional dynamics of workspaces. Shailja Mehta, Director, Dasra, and Dipa Nag Chowdhury, Senior Advisor, Dasra, quoted statistics highlighting the growing disparity in representation in top roles. According to them, women occupy only 20% of leadership roles in India, despite the large number of women entering the sector. This is due to limited pathways in advancement to leadership.

On workplace dynamics, Zainab Patel, Lead Inclusion and Diversity, Pernod Richard India, expressed that ‘often, in the workplace, women aren’t given the space, or the understanding to have shortcomings, failures or even the inability to do things, and unless we do that, we will always fall short.’

Exploring intersectionalities with climate action in India

Addressing the last session of the day, Tarun Jotwani, Founding Partner, Naviter Capital and Chairperson, Dasra Global Council said ‘the progress we are making on SDGs will not happen at all with the climate crisis. We have rising ocean levels, melting glaciers, floods, droughts, heatwaves, forest fires and worse phenomena to follow. This is not to create alarm bells for later, this is happening now.’

Panellists including Aarthi Sridhar, Founder of Trustee Dakshin Foundation; Chetna Sinha, Founder of Mann Deshi Foundation; Parnasha Banerjee, Associate Director at Dasra and Sameer Sisodia, CEO of Rainmatter Foundation, discussed the vulnerability of workers in the informal sector to the effects of climate change, while also noting their potential role in mitigating its impact. They brought to attention the potential that addressing climate change has in terms of its multiplier effects and highlighted the relevance of taking an intersectional approach to the issue. The speakers provided insights into how this could help build community resilience, emphasising the urgency of such efforts to address India’s climate crisis effectively and the role that philanthropy can play to facilitate this.

Kriti Jain, Palagati Lekhya Reddy, Aarti Mohan, Sattva Consulting

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Evolution of Rupee for Rupee Philanthropy in India

Evolution of Rupee for Rupee Philanthropy in India

As philanthropy in India increasingly shifts from dollars to rupees, there is a need to understand how philanthropic capital can be used in a more catalytic manner towards creating better impact in India, with a specific focus on ‘blended finance’. The session was hosted by Dasra in partnership with Sattva Consulting.

The panel comprised diverse stakeholders including Dipesh Sutariya, Chairperson and MD EnAble India Group; Lakshmi Pattabi Raman, Director of Investments at Omidyar Network India (ON India); Dr Sarika Kulkarni, Managing Trustee, Raah Foundation; Saumya Lashkari, Director 360 One Foundation; and was moderated by Anantha Narayan, Advisor, Sattva Knowledge Institute.

Setting the tone for the session, Anantha, called on the participants to reimagine philanthropy in India by saying: ‘As dollar philanthropy is being replaced by rupee philanthropy, there is a need to make it more efficient and leverage it as much as possible for more impactful giving.’

‘Blended finance is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It needs to be seen through the lenses of: (1) the problem that needs to be solved and (2) the kind of capital that is required to solve it’, said Saumya, profoundly capturing the theme of the discussion. The panel highlighted the different models and groundwork to be done for adopting a ‘blended finance structure’ as Lakshmi says is a new model of philanthropy.

Towards a catalytic approach to Indian philanthropy

Sattva Consulting presented an overview of the evolving philanthropic landscape in India and blended finance’s potential to address unequal opportunities. Palagati Lekhya Reddy said, ‘Philanthropy in India is seeking more structured and informed giving, including new forms of social and impact investments.’

The panellists all agreed on the observed trend of philanthropists becoming more catalytic in their giving approach by considering the nature of capital needed, the journey of philanthropic capital, and the problem to be solved.

Blended finance to unlock private capital for social impact

All panellists echoed the need for unlocking greater development finance by derisking social investments for the private sector and allocating it more efficiently towards development outcomes. Anantha highlighted the ability of blended finance to have a significant impact on underserved communities. On a continuum of funding, he said, ‘blended finance can offer not just financial, but positive environmental and social returns’.

Bringing out why they chose to adopt blended finance in recent years, Saumya said ‘At 360 ONE Foundation, we are committed to maximise both financial and social returns. We re-imagined traditional grant-giving and evolved a more catalytic approach through innovative, CSR compliant blended finance instruments. Our goal is to deliver better outcomes and exponential impact for underserved communities through increased leverage of CSR funds’.

‘Dual chequebook’ approach to drive optimal capital allocation

Explaining ON India’s ‘dual chequebook’ approach to philanthropy, Lakshmi said, ‘to achieve our goal of creating a meaningful life for the Next Half Billion, we use an approach that enables flexible deployment of capital using multiple tools including equity investment in early-stage enterprises. This approach allows for optimal allocation of capital, activation of multiple pathways to impact, and amplification of impact at the sector level.’

To elaborate on what this means, she said that they support ‘bold entrepreneurs’ across sectors, exemplified by their investments for equity returns, market infrastructure development, innovative financial instruments, research, and surveys to spotlight gaps and solutions, promoting the power of technology for good, and funding for lighthouse projects with a demonstration effect.

Returnable grants, a powerful tool for deeper and wider social change

Dr Sarika summed up the concept of returnable grants as a form of blended finance that promotes ‘change without charity’. She explained that returnable grants enable community involvement and bring down the overall costs of the project, in turn allowing for broader and deeper outreach.

Lakshmi emphasised the moral obligation that this approach creates on the communities, which not only encourages saving, but also helps recycle and circulate the money to other grantees, thereby creating a multiplier effect. Dr Sarika, however, said that it is critical to incorporate the right key performance indicators while designing such programmes along with pilot testing them.

Bridging the gap between vision and action through Social Venture Fund (SVF)

‘The biggest challenge in the development sector is having 30000 feet view of thinking, while having feet on the ground’, said Dipesh. For him, the initiation of SVF at EnAble India is an effort towards bridging the gap and investing in social change to improve the lives of people with disabilities. This requires using a ‘balanced scorecard’ tool to bring together different organisations with different visions to achieve balanced outcomes, while using the right financial instruments to do so. For Dipesh, ‘the user is at the centre of the process’. In closing he touched upon the ‘setup-build-operate-transfer-and-sustain model’ as the thought behind the SVF.

Raising the bar for impact reporting with rigour, accountability, and transparency

Saumya identified higher standards of impact reporting as a differentiating factor between a blended financial model and traditional philanthropy. Dr Sarika further discussed the need to create better frameworks for measuring social impact beyond financial returns such that programmes are evaluated fairly and effectively, creating a virtuous cycle of growth and development. She emphasised the importance of including qualitative outcomes such as self-esteem and dignity, which are essential traits that sustain any programme.

Further, Lakshmi stressed the importance of impact reporting as a critical component of evaluating programmes that utilise blended finance, ‘As we move towards increased use of blended finance models, we need to work together to shift the focus from inputs and activities to more long-term outcomes and sustainable impact. This requires more dialogue amongst all stakeholders on what are the simple ways of measuring and reporting that impact without making it complicated and cumbersome for the grassroot organisations.’

Taking a cue from this line of thought, Anantha called out the need for clear definitions and reporting standards for tracking and reporting outcomes and making impact reporting more efficient and streamlined.

The road ahead for making blended finance structures work

Personal belief and funder conviction about the benefits of the blended finance structure are important to make it successful and sustainable in the long run. Dr Sarika emphasised the need to include cost per outcome in the design of blended finance models to capture true costs. She also urged NGOs to have more operational and financial flexibility to achieve outcomes, with capacity building support through training and technology.

Towards the end of the session, underlining the unique nature of grants as a form of capital, which is patient, risk-tolerant, seeks no return, provides concessionality and brings in commercial capital, Saumya said that using grants to enable blended finance, where applicable, is a win-win.

Agreeing on the importance of grants to unlock more development funding and the need to move towards innovative financing models for impact, Dipesh warned that ‘in focussing on rupee to rupee, we must not forget the criticality of social and human capital in achieving impact at scale, to truly make a difference in the lives of those who are most vulnerable’. It is important to look at the intersection of all three lenses, he concluded.

Kriti Jain, Palagati Lekhya Reddy, Sattva Consulting

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How can philanthropy catalyse a system-wide change in EdTech?

How can philanthropy catalyse a system-wide change in EdTech?

Prolonged online teaching periods during pandemic lockdowns prompted a discussion on Educational Technologies (EdTech).

A series of damning reports, published now that some time has passed since pandemic lockdowns, showed that the most popular online teaching platforms have little or even negative impact on children’s learning. Many philanthropists have recognised that the lack of quality in children’s EdTech is not an issue of one platform, but a broader systems problem that hasn’t considered the entire educational technology pathway.

This systems lens on EdTech evidence was introduced by the Jacobs Foundation with their call for a ‘culture shift’ in how EdTech are funded, designed and implemented. Recognising the role funders play in how EdTech is scaled up, the foundation committed $44 million to stimulate greater cooperation between EdTech investors, start-ups, and researchers. The Evidence in EdTech movement, which integrates science with technologies, was strengthened.

Since the rise of the EdTech Evidence movement, foundations have increased their interest and funding in EdTech companies that have a causal, rather than casual, proof that they work. Given that many EdTech producers pursue ‘blended capital’ funding strategies, their evidence-building is funded by both private and philanthropic capital.

Philanthropic organisations looking to make a donation to an EdTech company often wonder about EdTech’s holistic impact on society. The evaluation of different aspects of evidence in EdTech involves considering five types of impact: Efficacy, Effectiveness, Equity, Ethics and Environment.

Efficacy: In the U.S., evidence is defined by ESSA efficacy standards. The federal government specified four tiers of evidence, with a clear description of the types of studies necessary for each tier. The top tier is randomised controlled trials (RCTs). RCT tests follow the medical model of education, where participants are randomly assigned to groups to check whether an intervention does or doesn’t work. RCTs are expensive and difficult to pull off, especially for smaller EdTech companies. So that efficacy standards don’t undermine innovation, philanthropy could support EdTech that have a documented commitment to building an ‘efficacy portfolio’. Here, funders need to define a role for their philanthropy that both contributes to efficacy outcomes and commitment level. Crucial in this process is transparency and funders’ open sharing of their EdTech efficacy expenditures, either on their own websites or those of national institutions (e.g. the What Works Clearinghouse).

Effectiveness: A rich portfolio of evidence identifies not only an EdTech’s impact on students’ learning but also users’ (teachers, families, children’s) views and experiences. Gathering user feedback, ratings on usability and iteratively implementing these insights into design requires diversification of funding. Funding organisations can support the process through a balance of grant types. For instance, they can fund a category of effectiveness (e.g. TestBeds) rather than the specific details of how testing occurs (e.g. national teacher surveys). Multi-stakeholder engagements (Researchers-Practitioners-Developers) are especially promising in achieving authentic insights, community engagement and long-term collaborations.

Equity: EdTech Evidence is a global issue and as such, requires a global solution developed by the global community. Currently, there is no global benchmark for EdTech quality, with different countries following different standards of evidence. To a great extent, the evidence narrative is controlled by market forces. These developments point to a clear mandate for progressive philanthropy. Philanthropic funders have a unique opportunity to turbocharge grants and social impact investments that advance equity issues. Possibilities include lobbying key stakeholders and partnering with like-minded funders to advance investments that support the learning of all children. EdTech challenges dedicated to underserved students and developing countries (see the recent MiT Solve EdTech Prizes for re-engaging learners or the VITAL Prize Challenge) are some examples.

Ethics: Documentation and evaluation of EdTech evidence can only be ethical if it has users’ voice at its core. Teachers and students are best positioned to measure the success of an EdTech project in their classroom, but their user data is often exclusively available to digital companies. (The issue of big technology companies withdrawing data from research investigations, has been a source of much frustration in academic circles for some time). A philanthropical impact is greater with objective evaluation based on primary data. Funders could support open data-sharing with dedicated financial flows accountable to EdTech users. The 5Rights Foundation provides exemplary methodologies for engaging young people in reporting their experiences with technologies, and advocacy statements for the importance of open data sharing.

Environment: EdTech can play multiple roles in the fight against climate change, including the development of programs that advocate for a just future and raise awareness about sustainability. Investing with a climate-first lens implies targeting geographies and communities that are most affected by climate change. It also implies dedicated support to companies that are committed to achieving carbon neutrality. The deployment of unrestricted funds in response to crises (e.g. EdTech headquartered in areas hit by a natural disaster) is as important as mission- and program-related investments that provide patient and stable capital for vulnerable communities. The organisations associated with UNESCO’s Futures of Education exemplify how philanthropy can use their influence to engage in advocacy towards long-term implementation of climate solutions.

In sum, the missing emphasis on evidence and its measurement in EdTech across countries, led to a decade of broken EdTech promises. The 5Es Framework can support the funders’ ability to unite the ecosystem in positively impacting children’s learning. Philanthropic organisations can play a vital role in ensuring that the EdTech evidence movement is not a trend but a long-term commitment to solving digital and educational inequity.

Natalia Kucirkova is a Professor of Early Childhood Education, co-founder of the university spin-out Wikit, AS, and Jacobs Foundation Research Fellow.

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Imagination Infrastructures – resourcing the work of other possibilities.

Imagination Infrastructures – resourcing the work of other possibilities.

‘What lies ahead? Reimagining the world. Only that.’ 

 – Arundhati Roy.

On Wednesday this week over 800 people have signed up to attend Imagination Infrastructures – a time between worlds. The interest in this event isn’t a surprise, when we ran the first version of it in 2021 we had 900 people join us from across the globe. Many people recognise we no longer have the luxury of simply repatterning what we already know. The old, familiar sticking plasters are no longer holding together the tears in the fabric of our societies and our ecosystems. Multiple crises have opened up and widened the cracks in our systems, our belief structures, and our ways of seeing and understanding the world. 

‘We must remake the world, and we can remake it better…. Imagination is a superpower. There is a sad failure of imagination at the root of this crisis. An inability to perceive both the terrible and the wonderful. An inability to imagine how all these things are connected.’ 

–  Rebecca Solnit

The event itself will cover a range of topics from the Ecological Imagination and the Black Imagination to the Political and Civic Imagination. Keynotes from Sophie Strand, author of A Flowering Wand, and Vanessa Andreotti, author of Hospicing Modernity, will take us on a wandering path of deeply unfamiliar words and worlds. They will ask what stories we need to stop telling and ideas and institutions we need to stop investing in, if we are to open the imagination to other, as-yet unthought possibilities.

Exceptional times require an exceptional type of imagination. So, in the midst of multiple and historical planetary crises, how do we walk ourselves into what we cannot entirely foresee at this moment? What happens when we untether ourselves from ‘reality’ as it is now, step into the unknown and then take a step beyond, into the unimaginable? One session will explore the perils of entrenched systems, as well as that peculiar moment when the world as we know it starts to disintegrate – and also the inherent possibilities of a time between worlds.

’There is a time for hope and there is a time for realism. But what is needed now is beyond hope and realism. This is a time when we ought to dedicate ourselves to bringing about the greatest shift in human consciousness and in the way we live.’

Ben Okri

Melz Owusu, who organises from a principle of liberation that ‘asks us all to be daring enough to radically imagine and speculate about the futures we are committed to creating’ will be in conversation with Amahra Spence, an artist rehearsing ‘a Life-Affirming Infrastructure’, always Inspired by the invitation abolition presents. And Arturo Escobar, who helps us to understand how design’s world-making capacity can be channelled towards ways of being and doing that are deeply attuned to justice and the earth will be in conversation with Vlad Glaveanu who offers new insights into the perception of possibility. Together they will explore the psychology, politics and practice of possibility thinking, the risks of the dark imagination, and the practical application of their ideas in making new worlds.

What does this mean for funders?

I’ve written before about why this work of collective imagination is important to resource at this time. And who gets to imagine. Sophia Parker covered it in her blog post and it’s also been well documented in the introduction to the Emerging Futures Fund, by Rob Hopkins in his book What If.., the Dept.of Dreams crew, by Geoff Mulgan in his paper on The Imaginary Crisis and more recently in this interview where he talks about imagination being a missing piece in theories of change.

Just like with narrative work, advocacy or campaigning, or policy – all things which foundations are used to funding – collective imagination is a craft and a practice in its own right.  It isn’t deliberative democracy, nor is it another word for citizen assemblies. There are limitations to only engaging people to think about the future in an analytical and rational way. It is ‘a practice that starts by reframing the world around us in radically new ways,’ as with Sascha Haselmayer’s explanation of social imagination.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation in the UK has already committed to growing the field of social and collective imagination, and most recently has commissioned Canopy, Huddlecraft and the Centre for Public Impact to host a ‘Collective Imagination Community of Practice’ for the next 12 months with a Fund attached to it.  Back in 2020 the National Lottery Community Fund Emerging Futures Fund explicitly resourced 52 different communities across the UK to collectively imagine alternative futures. And this website has a whole host of resources, from practice playbooks to reading lists and talks.

Resourcing alone, however, is not enough. To start with, it matters what questions Funders ask and how they can best encourage new and different thinking. What provocations can they contribute? How can they nourish the soil from which new possibilities can arise? How can they make sure the work is patient and healing?  And how can they resource the experimental places and spaces that this work needs over time? Like a muscle, it can be strengthened and made richer over time ‘[b]y creating complex and varied lenses through which to see the world‘ and this kind of patient, slow investment is a way for Funders to prevent us all from collapsing into familiar, existing approaches. 

It is up to all of us working in funding and philanthropy to consider our role in making sure that the communities and the collectives, the groups and the partnerships and the collaborations that make up our societies have the resources, the tools, the space and the time they need to engage in the radical reimagining needed to remake our world for the better. 

You can still sign up for the event on 15 March here. And if you are interested in joining a growing group of funders that recognise the need to resource this work, get in touch

Cassie Robinson is working with Joseph Rowntree Foundation on Emerging Futures, Partners for a New Economy and Active Philanthropy on transformative wealth redistribution. She’s also co-leading a Philanthropy in Transitions Lab for Philea. 

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