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Is philanthropy finally ready to embrace intelligent failure?

Donika Dimovska 31 May 2022

Owning and learning from failure is a thing most foundations still seem eager to put off. Many of the reasons for this are evident, but three main obstacles prevent them from seeing learning from their …


In Profile: Learning from Faliure

Alliance magazine 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Potential benefits of learning from failure are increasingly being acknowledged by the non-profit sector. The following is a snapshot of some of the philanthropic organisations actively incorporating the concept into their organisational culture A few …


Peer Dialogue: Success isn’t the priority

Donika Dimovska and Lynda Mansson 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Created in 1994 to support conservation and sustainable economies mainly around the Mediterranean, coastal West Africa and Switzerland, the MAVA Foundation will cease grantmaking this year. Self-analysis has been a key part of its winding-down …

Looking beyond the binary

Rachita Misra and Huda Jaffer 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Learning from failure needs a sharp and objective eye. We need to be able to discern it in the midst of apparent success – and vice-versa The climate emergency brings to the fore the need …

Failure is rewarded in the coin of wisdom

Matthew Carr, Kara Stevens and David Wiklie 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Talking openly about what went wrong is not about recrimination, but about grasping the opportunity to improve We all want to achieve our goals. That means we need to know how to make those aspirations …

Decree or co-create? How to decide what is working

Brenda Solorzano and Stephanie Schilling 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

The success or failure of initiatives is often determined by the donor without much reference to the grantee. Ironically, this can make it seem to the funder that what is a success is really its …

Leadership and intentionality

Denise Brennan and Lee Risby 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Organisational learning is more than just falling forward, it’s about developing a clear, intentional pathway to success At Laudes Foundation, we closed 2021 with an event for staff which was about sharing failures and drawing …

An opportunity we can’t afford to miss

Iain Dickson 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Faced with the biodiversity crisis, failures of conservation projects give rise to much soul-searching. However, for the same reason, a closer look at these failures is vital The scale and severity of the current biodiversity …

Last Word: Learning from failure is a profitable pursuit

Andrew Milner 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Failures: in a spirit of openness, let me advance one of my own. Long ago, I was entered in an elocution competition, in which the competitors, all children too young to be able to say …

Does philanthropy have a mental health problem?

Krystian Seibert 1 March 2022

Philanthropy has often shied away from tackling mental health. Do the reasons usually given for this mask a deeper unease among funders? As a person who is passionate about both philanthropy and mental health and …