September 2017
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Many funders are on a constant quest to have more impact—to be sure that the funds they deploy are making a meaningful difference.Over the last few years funders have begun to focus more on their own practices, not just those of grantees, in creating impact.Practitioners and researchers are exploring
1) how funders must work with grantees and investees as true partners, not just recipients of funds and ideas,
2) how to collaborate more and better with other funders in order to achieve greater impact, and
3) how funders can gain a deeper understanding of the complex context in which their funds are used, and use that understanding to support grantees better.1 Related to this is a focus on shifting from funding individual projects to supporting more sustained, deeper-level transformations in society.
In this spirit, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) was engaged by the Skoll Foundation,working together with a Steering Group composed of the Porticus, Ford and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundations, to encourage funders to work in more collaborative ways.