What is it like to be a partner?
Trust, mutual accountability and collaboration are at the core of our partnerships. We care about the experience you have with every member of our team, and we aim to act with transparency and respect throughout your partnership with us.
We aspire to live up to the following:
We understand that a lot can change for an organization during a funding partnership, and that sometimes partners need to adapt their work based on what they are learning. We aim to be flexible on timelines, scope and/or planned activities to give our partners the necessary space to achieve their intended impact.
- Using data and evidence:
We ground our funding strategies in research about issues, opportunities, and where philanthropy can have the most meaningful impact. This also means engaging multiple perspectives and valuing multiple forms of knowledge.
- Learning and evaluating impact: We regularly gather feedback and data, and conduct evaluations to measure the impact of our strategies and activities. In the similar vein, we provide budget for our partners to evaluate and learn from their work.
We do our best to ensure that all our communications and administrative processes respect partners and potential partners’ needs. This includes being as transparent as possible about timeframes and decision-making processes.
- Network & partnership development:
Sometimes non-financial support can unlock just as much impact as charitable funding. Where appropriate, we will connect partners with other organizations and funders working on similar issues. We will also help to amplify your work through public recognitions, allyships, or advocacy support.
We are committed to continually improving our processes to provide equitable access to funding opportunities and staff time.
While funding is the main way that the Foundation supports organizations, we want to add value to your work in other ways. We are always open to conversations about challenges or new opportunities. We are open to helping connect partners with other organizations or funders, and to share learning and networking opportunities as useful. Similarly, our communications team is often happy to relay events, reports and news from our partners.