Learning Lab: Laying the Groundwork for Catalytic Philanthropy

Host Organization: Exponent Philanthropy


The current crisis can offer the perfect moment to make a significant change.

Lean funders who are catalytic have shifted their philanthropy from a transactional, year-to-year practice of reviewing proposals and writing checks, to a more transformational enterprise that engages people and stakeholders over years or decades.

In this three-part Learning Lab, you will develop a foundation for practicing a catalytic style of philanthropy.

Program Objectives

  • Explore key mindsets, practices, and ways to incorporate catalytic principles into your work.
  • Assess where you are in the journey and take time for self-reflection
  • Meet lean funders who are catalyzing change by connecting people, nurturing innovation, and influencing policy.
  • You will also have the option to participate in a peer coaching circle to get immediate and personalized feedback on how to move your philanthropy forward.

This Learning Lab is for lean funders of all kinds looking to lay the groundwork for letting go of the classic grantmaking paradigm of applications, cycles, and approvals, and dig into solving problems by being responsive to those closest to the issues.


Monday, August 10, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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