“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.
Since you are interested in Impact Philanthropy, have you read these selections from Giving Compass related to impact giving and Impact Philanthropy?
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.com.
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