From the ‘how’ to the ‘why’

Caroline Hartnell

When talking about grantmaking and civil society funding, there’s a tendency to talk about the ‘hows’ rather than the ‘whys’. What mechanism or approach works best – community philanthropy, venture philanthropy, social investment? How do you identify good organizations to support when you’re making a grant to another country? My starting point is generally that we all know why we’re doing what we do, so we just need to jump straight into the discussion of how to do it best.

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