Funder Listening Globally Through Locally-led Development

Published By UNNGOF |  December 13, 2023

As core funders of Fund for Shared Insight, we believe that helping funders listen, respond, and shift decision making to people and communities most impacted but least consulted by our sector is one of the most effective ways to improve philanthropy and increase equity. While our work has centered mostly on domestic efforts, we have always been interested in supporting listening well in international contexts.

When we stepped into the role of co-chairs of Shared Insight’s international committee three years ago, we took up a journey to understand how funders who work globally can support the kind of listening that centers communities and advances equity, while taking into consideration the nuanced contexts in which they work. This effort aligns with our values and focus at the Partnerships team at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The team oversees a cross-cutting grantmaking portfolio where we aim to bring the voices and experiences of grassroots organizations and people with lived expertise to the decision-making tables. We also bring experience from the Hilton Foundation’s grantmaking around the world to our work at Shared Insight.

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