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Our Invitation

Funders are confronted with an urgent need to find and support transformative solutions to the world's most pressing problems. However, much of the philanthropic field is currently calibrated for treating symptoms rather than changing the conditions that hold societal problems in place. Though it is important to reduce immediate suffering (e.g. building & equipping homeless shelters), philanthropists must also prioritize addressing root conditions (e.g. changing housing-related norms and policies). This requires a different mindset and practice of funding. So, how can the philanthropic field re-calibrate?

This question is being asked by many in the field and, fortunately, the key principles and practices are already known. To embrace these, each institution must go on its own unique journey. We invite you to use this self-assessment to discover where your institution is on this journey and to travel even further. To get started, please click the "Take the Self-Assessment" button below. When you've completed the self-assessment, you can also visit additional sections on this webpage, such as the "After the Assessment" and "Resource Library" pages. And if you have feedback or suggestions, please get in touch.