Giving Compass' Take:

• In this Forbes article, consultant Kris Putnam-Walkerly talks about systems change in philanthropy and how to achieve it through specific actions.

• It all starts with the mission: Organizations must fully commit to programs and initiatives that are geared toward building a systems change culture. But there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach.

• Here's why systems change and equity go hand-in-hand.

“We can’t just put a Band-Aid on this. We need to change the system!” How many times have you heard that statement? It’s true. Most of the issues funders address will ultimately benefit greatly by systems change. But how do funders play a role in that change?

I define systems change as altering entrenched policies and practices in society. Generally, there are three approaches that funders use to engage in systems change work. I think of them as using lenses, frameworks and movements.

1. Using a systems change lens to drive philanthropic mission at individual foundations
2. Using shared systems change frameworks to guide philanthropic shared interest and investment
3. Supporting systems change movements that engage a number of public and private partners to make broad based change

Read the full article about ways funders can change systems and drive impact by Kris Putnam-Walkerly at Forbes.